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Pohnpei

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Laurie Raymond

on 7 December 2012

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Transcript of Pohnpei

Formerly known as the Caroline Islands.
Climate: Tropical, with large amounts of rain.
Micronesia’s “Garden Island”
Mountain peaks rise up to 2,660 feet, and receive one of the heaviest rainfalls in the world of 400 inches/yr.
Large amount of rain makes it possible for a tropical jungle to grow as well.
Surrounded by mangrove forest. Geographic Information Geographic Information (Cont.) Pohnpei: Upon a Stone Altar People: Population: 34,486
The national government capital of the Federated States of Micronesia Palikir, is located within Pohnpei which is also the largest of the Micronesian islands. Palikir has population of only about 7000.
Language: English, Pohnpeian. Pre-Colonial Society: Pre-colonial History Nan Madol (Legend) Nan Madol (Structure) Colonization Located with in the Federated States of Micronesia, which houses four island groups, which are Pohnpei, Chuuk,Yap, and Kosrae (607 islands).
Of volcanic origin.
Surrounded by more than a dozen atolls. Archeological evidence suggest first settlers arrived between 2000-3000 y.a.
Austronesian speaking
Nautical and horticultural skills evident Saudeleur dynasty: 500 A.D-1450A.D.
During this time a city of stone was built as capital to the dynasty called, Nan Madol. The fall of the Saudeleur Dynasty

The Creature Clan

Isohkelekel
-Nahmwarki Constructed on a coral reef

The "Venice of the Pacific"

90-100 artificial islets.

Basaltic rock logs

30ft walls 1526 Diego de Rocha

1899 German colonization

1914 Japan seizes Pohnpei

1945/47 Pohnpei passed on to U.S, then becomes a Trust Territory

1986 FSM is an independent nation

1991 FSM allowed into U.N. Pohnpei Today: Pohnpei is the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia
Government:
-government officials are elected, but the traditional five independent tribal states exist as well each headed by a Nahmwarki and a Nahnken as paramount chiefs. These chiefs continue to have a political and social influence on the community.
6 municipalities (After sakau has been pounded)
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