By Domenico Felice , Translated and introduced by John Crockett Vaggioli
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Last century, Mr. Foster completed a table comparing eleven Oceanic dialects with the Malayan, and the Chilean, Peruvian and Mexican languages which are markedly similar to it. Bougainville and Cook extended this study. Modern scholars of Indian civilisation through their detailed linguistic studies proved clearly that throughout Oceania, there exists a language system which is interconnected and has a common source; and that the numerous American languages are also connected to it. Indeed, modern scholars of Indian civilisation have demonstrated that the peoples of Oceania, however distinct from each other by colour, culture, physical features and language, are all descended from an original Asian family, which settled in the Indian Archipelago.
36 Nor should it be said that dug-out canoes used by ancient Malays would capsize in storms, or that their sailors could not endure a long voyage without food. I mentioned earlier that these people never set out to sea without copious supplies and fishing tackle. Thus, in stormy weather, they could still provide their daily food by fishing. Besides, the waters of the Pacific remain comparatively calm even when battered by strong winds and a long voyage driven by the wind is not only possible, but relatively easy.
Squier The American Naturalist, vol. IV. and other authors. 27. Ochterlony, Account of the War in China, p. 458. — see Herodotus and Diodorus Siculus regarding the temples of Babylon, Verrone for ancient Etruscans, and several others. 28. Should the reader wish to have detailed information regarding ancient architecture, he is referred to the above-mentioned authors and to others who have written about ancient monuments. 32 Peruvian Mean tradition also confirms the antiquity of the Malays' migration to the Indian Archipelago.