History of The Marshall Islands

History of The Marshall Islands - History of the Marshall...

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History of the Marshall Islands H The Marshall Islands is a republic of 29 atolls and 5 coral islands. The islands are one of the four main groups that make up Micronesia. The nearest neighbor to the Marshalls are the Federated States of Micronesia. They're only 26 populated islands in the Marshalls because a lot of the islands are too small to support many people. There are two roughly parallel chains of islands that make up the western Ralik group and the eastern Ratak group. Now that you know what and where the Marshall Islands are I'll explain the history. The very early people of the Marshalls had no written language so it is very hard to predict what went on. The only early history has been handed down from generation to generation in the form of songs, and we can also get some facts from the folklore and legends. One thing that they do know is that powerful chiefs ruled these large civilizations able to move such large stones to build temples and cities. They must have been somewhat advanced because they were able to build huge walls that were probably there to enclose a city. These walls weighed many tons and were 20 ft. long, and even some walls they have found to be 40 ft. high. Archaeologists are still puzzled of what kind of machinery they had to move such large stones. k The real knowledge we know about the Marshall Islands history began in the early sixteenth century. The sea going Europeans were trying to find sources of the Spice Islands that were in very large demand in Europe. English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese sea captains were all sailing around on their hunt for riches. One of the first people we know of to definitely land on the Marshall Islands during this time is Ferdinand Magellan. He landed in Micronesia on his journey to circumnavigate the world. Forty years later in the 1560's after Magellan's voyage Spain claimed most all of the islands in Micronesia. Spain wasn't really concerned about Micronesia because they were busy building empires in South America, Central America, and Mexico. For the most part Micronesia was under loose Spanish control for 300 years. During those 300 years in 1788 Captain John Marshall named the Marshall Islands. He was sailing between Australia and China on the boat the Scarborough and sailed through the islands. Even though many Europeans had been in the Marshalls previously he has been said to be one of the first people to "discover" the islands. In the nineteenth century the dried meat of the coconut called copra became
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