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This subject surveys the history of the Pacific Ocean from first human settlement to the late nineteenth Century. It explores the influences, processes and events that have connected island societies with each other, with nations on the ocean's rim and with the wider world. Drawing on diverse Indigenous and Western perspectives, it examines the nature and significance of maritime mobilities, cross-cultural encounters, and the circulation and exchange of people, commodities and ideas. This subject also critically engages with the shifting conceptual frameworks used to imagine, represent and make sense of this region, its peoples and its pasts.