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Micronesia is a region of Oceania that consists of many hundreds of small islands spread over a large region of the western Pacific. The term "Micronesia" was first proposed to distinguish the region in 1831 by Jules Dumont d'Urville; before this the term "Polynesia" was in use to generally describe the islands of the Pacific. Politically, Micronesia is divided into eight territories: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the republic of Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Nauru, the Republic of Kiribati, the Territory of Guam, and the Territory of Wake Island

Much of the area was to come under European domination quite early. Guam, the Northern Marianas and the Caroline Islands (which would later before the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau) were colonized early on by the Spanish. Full European expansion did not come however, until the late 19th century, when the area would be divided between the United States,  Germany  and the British Empire. Today all of Micronesia  (with the exception of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Wake Island, which are U.S. Territories) are independent states.

Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and  Vanuatu

Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Kiribati, Northern Mariana Islands,  Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau

American Samoa, Easter Island, French Polynesia, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, The Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Wallis & Futuna


Federated States of Micronesia

Coast of Pohnpei

Dive Into The Heart of Exotic Micronesia
FSM Telecommunications: Welcome To Micronesia
Jane Resture's Federated States of Micronesia Webpage
Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia: Federated States of Micronesia


On Kiribati

Jane Resture's Kiribati Webpage
Library of Congress Portals To The World: Kiribati
Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia: Kiribati


On Guam

Guam Chamber of Commerce
Guam Online
Guam Visitors Bureau Online
Library of Congress Portals To The World: Guam
The Guam Website

Northern Mariana Islands

Basket Weaver in the Northern Mariana Islands

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Marianas Visitor Authority
Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia: Northern Mariana Islands

Marshall Islands

Children in the Marshall Islands

Bikini Atoll -Site of Atomic Bomb Tests in 1940-50's
Digital Micronesia: Marshalls
Jane Resture's Marshall Islands Webpage
Library of Congress Portals To The World: Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands Visitors Authority
US Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia: Marshall Islands


Girl from Nauru fishing

Jane Resture's Nauru Webpage
Library of Congress Portals To The World: Nauru
Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia: Nauru


Islands in Palau

Experience The Wonders of Palau
Jane Resture's Palau Webpage
Library of Congress Portals To The World: Palau
Republic of Palau
Wikipedia Free Encylopedia: Palau