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Drawing by Vital Alsar possibly relating to his raft LA BALSA

Date: 1968
Overall: 640 x 500 mm, 0.05 kg
Display Dimensions: 645 x 502 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Alec Altman
Classification:Maps, charts and plans
Object Name: Plan
Object No: 00028736
Place Manufactured:México

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    HistoryBorn in Santander, Spain, in 1933 Vital Alsar currently lives in Vera Cruz Mexico. Alsar attempted to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could and did undertake voyages in the Pacific by sailing pre-Columbian style balsa wood rafts from Ecuador to Australia. The first attempt in 1966 in LA PACIFICA was not successfull. The second in 1970 in LA BALSA was, Alsar reached Mooloolaba in Queensland. The third attempt in 1973 with three rafts called LAS BALSAS (GUAYAQUIL, MOOLOOLABA and AZTLAN) was partly successful, two reaching Ballina in New South Wales one had to be abandoned. One of the rafts is currently on display in the Ballina Maritime Museum.
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