Abstract

This paper proposes that, on the Marquesan island of Nuku Hiva, wet cultivation of Colocasia taro was important in initial colonization because it was the most energyefficient and fastest-producing crop. In later periods its caloric contribution was eclipsed by breadfruit, but irrigated taro played an important risk-reduction role.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1535-8283
Print ISSN
0066-8435
Pages
pp. 139-155
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-19
Open Access
No
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