Scattered across the Pacific are many different kinds of islands, formed in different ways, and offering different resources to the people who live there.
In the past, for an island to be habitable by humans, it needed:
• a supply of fresh water
• soil in which food crops could grow
• plentiful marine resources, such as fish and other seafood, to provide a supply of protein in the diet
• raw materials for making tools.
Pacific settlers found diverse and ingenious ways to use these precious resources. Take a look at the different types islands Pacific people settled and the uses they made of the available resources. Read their island origin stories.