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Austronesian peoples


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Austronesian People 1800s -1900s


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Austronesian Migration


Indigenous links reaffirmed in Kota Kinabalu between Māori and indigenous people of Sabah

The Austronesian peoples are various groups in Southeast Asia, Oceania and East Africa that speak languages that are under the Austronesian language super-family. They include Taiwanese aborigines, the majority of ethnic groups in the Philippines, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Polynesia, Micronesia and Madagascar, as well as the Malays of Singapore, the Polynesians of New Zealand and Hawaii and the non-Papuan peoples of Melanesia. All of these peoples can be connected through the Austronesian language super-family. They are also found in the regions of Southern Thailand, the Cham areas in Vietnam and Cambodia, and the Hainan island province of China, parts of Sri Lanka, southern Myanmar, the southern tip of South Africa, Suriname, and some of the Andaman Islands. On top of that, Austronesian diaspora also can be found in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Hong Kong, Macau and Mauritius, as well as the West Asian countries. The people of the Maldives also possess traces of Austronesian genes via gene flow from the Malay Archipelago. The nations and territories predominantly populated by Austronesian-speaking peoples are known collectively as Austronesia.
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