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Fascination with Polynesia begins

Not surprisingly, Heyerdahl studied zoology at the university he attended in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, beginning in 1933. He was always happy to leave the classroom to engage in field studies, and soon developed a strong interest in geography. He was particularly intrigued by Polynesia—the islands of the central Pacific Ocean—and read all he could about them. After his marriage to Liv Coucheron Torp on December 24, 1936, the couple embarked by ocean liner on a romantic quest to the Polynesian island of Tahiti, where they planned to lead a simple life in a natural paradise.

A local Tahitian leader, Chief Teriieroo, soon adopted the Heyerdahls and taught them island ways. The couple then headed by schooner for the more remote island of Fatu Hiva (one of the Marquesas), where they lived for a year. Their island paradise was not what they...

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