The story of seafaring is a story of adventure, courage and ingenuity that ranges far beyond the need to transport goods across the oceans. The moment people were able to move long distances at sea, they became less isolated. Along with their cargoes came other people and new ideas. The resulting interaction would shape the face of the world. Unfortunately maritime history tends to focus on western achievements, as if there were no seafarers of consequence elsewhere. Nothing could be further from the truth, with the achievements of Polynesian, Arab, Indian and Chinese navigators well documented and no less impressive than those of their western counterparts.