It’s recorded that the first known foreign contact with the original settlers of Easter Island was in the 16th century.
In 1770, Felipe Gonzalez, a Spanish ship captain, and his crew sailed to Easter Island and claimed it as Spanish Territory.
Take Your Tablets
There are numerous engraved tablets found on the Island, all covered with Rongo-Rongo scripture.
Historians presume that the Rongo-Rongo scripture found on the tablets is linked to the many "Maori Wisdoms" about sailing and astronomy.
Rongo-Rongo scripture is one of the many mysteries of Easter Island. The undeciphered text is carved into tablets and wooden structures around the island.
The scripture is made up of glyphs which are symbols and pictographs. The name "Rongo-Rongo" translates to "the great message."
Archelogosist and historians who discovered the Moai statues soon realized that not all of them were completed.
In fact, almost 600 statues remain in limbo. One of the largest figures, unfortunately, falls under the unfinished list.
Fresh Water Clue
In 2019, Easter Island researchers discovered a potential clue as to why the Moai are placed where they are.
Fresh water! The statues are often found close to bodies of fresh water. This indicated that a possible reason behind the statue placement was not ritualistic but rather to be close to resources and supplies.