Rapa - Settlements



Sometime prior to 1830 internal warfare ceased, probably Because massive depopulation ended the keen competition for arable land, and the people abandoned the fortified Mountain villages in favor of lowland villages on the various bays, which offered easier access to the sea and to cultivation areas. With further depopulation villages in the outer bays were gradually abandoned and the village of Ha'urei became Rapa's major population center. In 1964 Rapa's population resided in two villages located on opposite sides of Ha'urei Bay (the large, central bay, crater of the ancient volcano).

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