Oceania 979 CE
Long-distance voyages remain a part of the Polynesian way of life.
What is happening in Oceania in 979CE
Inter-island communication remains an important part of Polynesian culture, despite the long voyages this entails. There is evidence dating to this period for the rise of Tongan rulers to a position of pre-eminence acknowledged by local rulers in Fiji, Samoa and other islands. This pre-eminence apparently endured into the 13th century.
Another example of continued inter-island links is the evidence for a second major colonization of Hawaii at around this date, this time from Tahiti. From this period a strictly-ranked hierarchical society began to take shape here.