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Marshall Islands Overview:
The ancient history of the island is not well-known but it is estimated that humans first arrived on the island approx. 3000 years ago. Spanish were the first to explore the islands and claim them for the Spanish crown.
As World War 1 broke out, Japan took control of the islands and held its hold till its defeat at the hands of the United States in 1943.
After the war ended, the islands most notably “Bikini Atoll” were used for the testing of nuclear and hydrogen bombs.
The Marshall Islands is one of the best tourist destinations in the Pacific Ocean. Tourists can engage in various activities like swimming, surfing, etc. There is also a Shark sanctuary nearby.
Services, agriculture, fishing, tourism, and shipping are the main economic drivers of the country.The Marshall Islands is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean and is officially called as the “Republic of Marshall Islands”. The country comprises of several coral atolls, islands, and islets.
The country is considered one of the most beautiful and exotic countries in the world due to its beautiful beaches, climate, and wildlife. The country is best known for World War 2 as several decisive battles between the USA and Japan were fought on the islands. Moreover, several different nuclear tests were held in the vicinity of the islands.
The history of the Marshall Islands dates back to thousands of years. Historians and scientists estimate that the islands were inhabited by the Micronesians approx. 3000 years ago.
These were migrants that came basically from Southeast Asia and settled on the different islands. Since then the people had no contact with the modern world until 1526 when the islands were discovered by the Spanish explorer and declared it as a Spanish colony.
The islands remained occupied by most of the colonial era until World War 1 when Japan assumed command of these. The islands remained until the Japanese occupation till 1944 and Japan used these islands for military bases, defenses, and airfields.
After the fierce fighting between Japan and the USA in World War 2, the US occupied and liberated the islands from Japan. After the war ended, the US tested a series of Atomic bombs in the vicinity of the islands for several different experimental purposes.
The economy of the country is limited as there are few natural resources available in the country. It mostly depends on fishing, agriculture, shipping, and tourism. Some of the agricultural products of the country include coconut, breadfruit, pandanus, banana, taro, and arrowroot.
Other than that, the country is also a good producer and exporter of tuna fish. The country due to its small size has a very less population and the majority of the people living here are of Micronesian origin. The country also saw immigrations from some other Asian countries such as Japan.
In terms of religion, the majority of the country’s population is Christian while some other minorities such as Islam also do exist. Due to the atomic testing on the islands after World War 2, the country is one of the least visited countries in the world. Most of the islands or atolls are still radioactive and it is very dangerous visiting those areas.
If you want to visit the country, still it is the best thing to do and you can take a sunbathe on the beautiful and peaceful beaches, interact with the locals, enjoy their indigenous food, explore their culture and much more. The fares in the country are reasonable and you don’t have to worry about expenses.
Also, there are certain remains of World War 2 on the islands and you can ask some of the locals to help you find out those. Even some of them are underwater like shipwrecks, etc. Just keep in mind the danger of radioactivity and don’t go to the radioactive areas.
Type of Houses in the Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands due to its limited size has very few numbers of population and houses. As the country is not yet developed due to limited resources, the house built in the country are not proper and can’t be divided into different categories.
These are small houses that are shaped like a container. These have approx. 2 or more bedrooms and are used by local people or for renting purposes. For instance, one can rent it out to tourists.
2. Modern houses
The houses built on the island in the last two decades are better than the previous ones. For instance, no ordinary materials are used and firm materials are being used for construction. Moreover, they do have proper sewerage systems, water supplies, electricity, etc. still these houses are very small in size and are congested from inside.
3. Old Fashioned Houses:
Before the arrival of the colonists and till today, the houses built by the local people were ordinary. These houses had pillars made of wood and the wall or roof was covered with coconut leaves. The tradition still lives today and while visiting the country, you will find plenty of these.
4. VIP or Private Cabins:
These cabins are small yet luxurious residences that are meant for foreigners, tourists, or VIPs. These cabins have all the features and luxuries of a modern house and you can stay some comfortable days here. Moreover, these cabins have WIFI, Air Condition, and space for BBQ also.
- Marshall Islands Capital City: Majuro
- Area 181.3 km²
- Population 53,127 (2017)
- Language English, Marshallese
- Spiritual Places
- Important Cities Majuro, Ebeye, Arno, Jabor, Wotje, Mili, Namdrik, Ebon, Kili, Likiep
- Bordering Countries Island Nation but shares maritime border with Nauru, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, etc.
- Tourist Attractions Ebeye Island, Arno Atoll, Rongelap Atoll, Mili Atoll, Kili Island, Maloelap Atoll, Ailuk Atoll, Utirik Atoll, Mejit Island, Omelek Island, Roi-Namur, Runit Island, Uliga, Likiep Atoll, Bikini, Djarrit, Geography of the Marshall Islands
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