Page 51. " Thus, an observer transported back in time to 11,000 B.C. could not have predicted on which continent human societies would develop most quickly, but could have made a strong case for any of the continents. "

This quote explains how many different factors play a role in a continent's success, and it would be possible for us to estimate whether a country would flourish in the future by looking at its current situations with respect to different fileds of study. 

Page 52. " On the Chatham Islands, 500 miles east of New Zealand, centuries of independence came to a brutal end for the Moriori people in December 1835. "

Page 53. " Both were Polynesian peoples. "

Page 57. " Among the lower islands, Tonga and (to a lesser extent) Easter also have rich soil because of volcanic ash falls, but they lack Hawaii's large streams. "

Page 59. " Human population densities were lowest on Henderson, Renal, and the atolls because of their poor soil and limited fresh water. "



Page 61. " These developments were especially apparent on Tonga, Samoa and the Societies, all of which were fertile, densely populated and moderately large by Polynesian standards. "

Page 63. " Kamehameha thereupon prepared invasions of the last independent Hawaiian island, Kauai, whose chief finally reached a negotiated settlement with him, completing the archipelagos unification "

Page 65. " Instead, for practical purposes the collision of advanced Old World and New World societies began abruptly in A.D 1492, with Christopher Columbus's discovery of Caribbean islands densely populated by Native Americans "

Page 66. " What unfolded that day at Cajamarca is well known, because it was recorded in writing by many of the Spanish participants. "