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Micronesia Flag Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia) is an island country in free association with the United States located in the South Pacific. The capital of Micronesia is Palikir.

Federated States of Micronesia Country Details


Country Name Micronesia

Also Known As

The Federated States of Micronesia
Political Status An island country in free association with the United States
Geographic Location The South Pacific
Flag Federated States of Micronesia Flag
Principal Language English
Capital Palikir


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Micronesia and Palau (Other Places Travel Guide)
By Ben Cook, Chad Lathe, Christy Lejkowski & Michael Gall

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Micronesia and Palau (Other Places Travel Guide)
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Micronesia and Palau have long been known to diving enthusiasts for some of the most intriguing and spectacular dive spots on earth. Yet as the reputation of these islands spread, more travelers are looking to escape the modern Western world and become transported to a calmer, slower pace of life. The writers of this guide all lived, worked and played on the islands which they write about. First-hand knowledge, cultural insight, and personal recommendations allow visitors to feel like locals while enjoying the indisputable beauty of these islands and people.
- Learn the history and culture of the islands from writers who have each spent years living with local residents.

- Explore off-the-beaten-track locales relatively unknown to foreign visitors.

- Navigate on the islands and among islands, enjoying the best of Micronesia and Palau.

- Dive, surf, snorkel, and swim in some of the most stunning marine environments in the world.

- Choose the best places to eat, sleep, shop, and visit based on reviews of all the major islands.

My Life in Micronesia: An American Attorney in Micronesia
By Marsha R. Kennedy

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My Life in Micronesia: An American Attorney in Micronesia
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Marsha R. Kennedy has always had a constant need to travel and to live around the world. In January of 2009, she set off on an adventure living and working in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (an island that is only a tiny speck on the globe) as an Attorney for the Micronesian government. This travel essay is a humorous recount of some of her experiences there. A list of “101 Things I Learned Living in Micronesia (FSM) That You Probably Should Consider before Moving There” is a list of anecdotes included at the end.
Lonely Planet Micronesia
By Kate Galbraith & Ned Friary

Lonely Planet
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Lonely Planet Micronesia
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The fourth edition of Micronesia provides information on the whole of the region including Kiribati and Nauru. It also includes information on local customs, culture, arts and languages and tips on the best diving & snorkelling spots.
Micronesia: The Marshall Islands: Travel Adventures
By Thomas Booth

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Micronesia: The Marshall Islands: Travel Adventures
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The Marshall Islands, named after a British sea captain who explored the group in 1788, are scattered like flung necklaces over about 750,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean. Positioned 2,200 miles southwest of Hawaii, they occupy an area between four and 20 degrees north of the equator.

The islands are aligned in two groups. Those to the west are the Ralik Chain; to the east, they're in the Ratak Chain. Altogether they total 34 islands and 850 sea-washed reefs. All the islands are coral, but five of them without lagoons are referred to as coral islands. The other 29 have associated lagoons and are true atolls.

Twenty-three of these islands are inhabited, with a total population of 43,335. The land adds up to a mere 70-square miles, but the lagoon areas come to an impressive 4,000 square miles. Majuro Atoll with a population of 19,664 is the capital.

Pack a lunch, hire a car, and do the 30-mile drive to Laura - the longest stretch of paved road in Micronesia. Laura is a lovely palm-flanked island with no urban congestion. Visitors get a taste of the outer islands here, and the beach is nearly perfect. If you don't bring a lunch, note that in the environs there are several roadside stands that sell baskets of freshly cooked food, fried chicken and reef fish, some jukuk (rice balls made with coconut,) some breadfruit if it's in season, and a few husked drinking coconuts. Count on paying $15 for a basket - enough food for three or four people.

The dozens of other islands are described in detail, with information on the hotels, the restaurants, how to get there, what to see and do, and even the nightlife.

Micronesia in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication
By Peace Corps

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Micronesia in Depth: A Peace Corps Publication
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The name Micronesia is derived from the Greek words mikros, “small,” and neso, “island.” Until recently, the many distinct languages of the Micronesian islands existed only in oral form. Thus, much of the early history of these islands had to be derived from archaeological artifacts. It is thought that more than 3,000 years ago, Austronesian speaking Micronesian people entered the Pacific from Southeast Asia. These seafaring people probably first settled in the Marianas (Guam and Saipan) and then the Western Carolines, including Palau and Yap. Later, migrations from the southern Melanesian islands brought settlers to Kosrae, Chuuk, and Pohnpei. The “outer islands” of Micronesia were likely settled later, as their languages are dissimilar to those of the main islands. Micronesians are known as great sea voyagers and sailed huge outrigger canoes over distances of thousands of miles, using traditional navigation techniques, dependent on knowledge of the movements of currents, swells, winds, and birds. Early Micronesians lived a subsistence lifestyle based on fishing, gathering, and agriculture. Legends of ancient civilization in the Caroline Islands tell of an ancient empire, about which little is known. The remnants of magnificent stone fortresses constructed from basalt pillars in Pohnpei (Nan Madol) and in Kosrae (Lela Ruins) are thought to date back to A.D. 400. Yapese stone money (stone discs as large as 12 feet in diameter that can weigh up to 12 tons) was mined as far away as Palau and transported by canoe to Yap. Islands in the archipelagoes known as Micronesia were among the first in the Pacific to be “discovered” by European explorers of the 16th century. The islands were grouped into three categories: the Marshall Islands, the Eastern Caroline Islands (Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Chuuk) and the Western Caroline Islands (Yap and Palau). The first known European contact dates back to 1521, during Ferdinand Magellan’s quest to find a trade route to the Spice Islands of the east, traveling west from Spain. The Spaniards developed an indirect trade route to Asia: across the Atlantic to South America, across South America via land, and onward into the Pacific. In the 18th and 19th centuries, whalers, traders, and missionaries found their way to the islands. The missionaries succeeded in creating what are today entirely Christian societies on all the major islands and some outer islands. Micronesians retain little memory of earlier belief systems. The islands of the FSM and Palau share similar colonial histories under Spain, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Spanish influence in Micronesia expanded in the 19th century, but following its defeat in the Spanish- American War, Spain sold Palau and most of the Caroline Islands (which later became FSM) to Germany in 1899. The Germans were interested in the islands to support trade in coconut products. Their use of forced labor on the island of Pohnpei culminated in the assassination of the German governor by a young Micronesian. Many Pohnpeian men were then exiled to Palau; other Micronesian men were transported from the outer islands of Pohnpei and Chuuk. The Germans deserted Micronesia in World War I, which allowed an easy takeover by the Japanese. Japan built large military bases on some of the islands and developed sugar mills in the Marianas; bauxite and phosphate mines in Palau; and fishing and shell production throughout the region. The Japanese encouraged emigration to Micronesia, and Micronesians were used as low-level manual laborers.
Lonely Planet Micronesia (Micronesia, a Travel Survival Kit, 3rd ed)
By Glenda Bendure

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Lonely Planet Micronesia (Micronesia, a Travel Survival Kit, 3rd ed)
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This guide provides coverage of: accommodation options, from luxury resorts to beach hideaways; places to eat for all budgets; and activities, including yachting, diving and hiking. Tips on snorkelling and diving are also included.

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