During the 18th century, many maritime technologies, including the chronometer used by Captain Cook and the full-rigged ships that Christopher Newport sailed to Jamestown, allowed explorers to travel to even greater distances. Increased globalization followed, along with the contact of cultures from near and far. Rezin Gist experienced first-hand the importance of ships during the War of 1812. Others were explorers in their own right, such as Pius Mau Pailug, who relied on ancient traditions and later revived the knowledge of Polynesian wayfinding to navigate the waters for many generations to come.
The Age of Sail encompasses a wide-range of explorers who witnessed a world of change, over land and sea.