More Mysterious Micronesia
The Japanese occupied Micronesia during the early stages of World War 2 and at the Peace Conference in 1919 the islands were entrusted to Japan as a mandate from the League of Nations. The images on this site were taken in 1936 and provide a valuable historical record of pre-World War 2 Micronesia.
An outrigger canoe in full flight off the island of Yap. Some South Sea canoes are the fastest in the world. Notice the long comb worn by a chief, silhouetted above the canoe.
House-building on Truk (Chuuk) Island
The Japanese-built hospital in Saipan
A Yap youngster on his bicycle
The young men of Tol celebrate the opening of an athletics field
The Spanish influence still remains in Yap
A Japanese Phosphate mine on Angaur Island
Stone money from Yap
A Japanese rice field on Ponape (Pohnpei)