Historians often depict large bodies of water as contact zones, areas where different peoples and societies have interacted and developed common institutions.1 The Pacific Ocean, however, has largely resisted this kind of framing. The vast distances and great diversity of peoples have foiled most attempts to imagine a coherent Pacific World.2 At best, we have diverse histories of portions of the Pacific, such as the Pacific Rim, the Pacific Islands, the Asia Pacific or the American Pacific. Each of these Pacifics does frame a certain contact zone. But those spaces are each only a part of what could legitimately be considered the Pacific, and they are rarely conceived in ways that have significant interaction with each other.
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