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History of the Marshall IslandsThe Marshall Islands is a republic of 29 atolls and 5 coral islands The islands areone of the four main groups that make up Micronesia The nearest neighbor to theMarshalls are the Federated States of Micronesia Theyre only 26 populated islands inthe Marshalls because a lot of the islands are too small to support many people Thereare two roughly parallel chains of islands that make up the western Ralik group and theeastern Ratak group Now that you know what and where the Marshall Islands are Illexplain the historyThe very early people of the Marshalls had no written language so it is very hardto predict what went on The only early history has been handed down from generationto generation in the form of songs and we can also get some facts from the folklore andlegends One thing that they do know is that powerful chiefs ruled these largecivilizations able to move such large stones to build temples and cities They must havebeen somewhat advanced because they were able to build huge walls that were probablythere to enclose a city These walls weighed many tons and were 20 ft long and evensome walls they have found to be 40 ft high Archaeologists are still puzzled of whatkind of machinery they had to move such large stones The real knowledge we know about the Marshall Islands history began in theearly sixteenth century The sea going Europeans were trying to find sources of the SpiceIslands that were in very large demand in Europe English Dutch Spanish andPortuguese sea captains were all sailing around on their hunt for riches One of the firstpeople we know of to definitely land on the Marshall Islands during this time isFerdinand Magellan He landed in Micronesia on his journey to circumnavigate theworld Forty years later in the 1560s after Magellans voyage Spain claimed most all ofthe islands in Micronesia Spain wasnt really concerned about Micronesia because theywere busy building empires
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