History of The Marshall Islands

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History of the Marshall Islands

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.

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...