The arrival of European settlers in subsequent centuries resulted in a significant alteration in the social and political landscape of Oceania.
In more contemporary times there has been increasing discussion on national flags and a desire by some Oceanians to display their distinguishable and individualistic identity.
In the archaeological record there are well-defined traces of this expansion which allow the path it took to be followed and dated with some certainty.
His expedition became the first recorded Europeans to have encountered its eastern coastline of Australia.
In 1789 the Mutiny on the Bounty against William Bligh led to several of the mutineers escaping the Royal Navy and settling on Pitcairn Islands, which later became a British colony.
The first people of the Northern Mariana Islands navigated to the islands at some period between 4000 BC to 2000 BC from South-East Asia.
They became known as the Chamorros, and spoke an Austronesian language called Chamorro.