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When an American explorer named William Henry Furness III arrived on the remote Pacific island of Yap at the start of the last century, he found a scarcely touched place that made his previous destination of Borneo look almost developed.

Yet despite having only a few thousand inhabitants and a market encompassing just three products — fish, coconuts and sea cucumber — he was amazed to discover an advanced system of money.

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