Micronesia means 'small islands' and is derived from the Greek words mikros which means small and nesos which means island. This is a perfect way to describe these over two thousand tropical islands scattered across the heart of the Pacific Ocean between Hawai'i and the Philippines. They are spread over a great distance, yet each has its own culture, history, customs, rituals, myths and legends, lifestyle and topographical personality.

The islands of Micronesia include the Federated States of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Kosrae, Chuuk and Yap), Guam, Palau, Saipan, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Kiribati.

Please join me as we go on the journey of a lifetime through the tropical, beautiful and enchanting countries and islands of Micronesia.

Almost lost in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean are the tiny islands, the remarkable people and the ancient architecture of Micronesia. The message used to construct three historic monuments, as well as their materials, sizes, functions, and designs very widely from one island group to the next. Prismatic basalt and coral native to Pohnpei and Kosrae were used by resourceful builders to create the dramatic stone city of Nan Madol and Leluh, respectively. Beautifully terraced hills with sculptured earthen crowns abound on 26 miles long Babeldaob Island in the Palau archipelago. Carefully fitted stone platforms with hexagonal plans form the basis of meeting houses, residences, and other ornamental structures of wood in the Yap Islands. The enigmatic latte stone columns and capitals of the Marianas apparently once served as the foundations for wood houses raised above the ground, sometimes as high as sixteen feet. This Web site examines some of the best recorded examples of prehistoric architecture on five of the major island groups in Micronesia.

The above map does not include the Micronesian nation of the Republic of Kiribati which is made up of 33 islands straddling the equator  - Gilbert Group: 17 islands (including Banaba); the Line Islands: 8 islands and the Phoenix Group: 8 islands. However, maps of the Republic of Kiribati are provided on the above links.

Yap house

Night time view of Nan Madol, Pohnpei

These ancient columns stand on Tinian Island. Comprising square cuts monuments
of coral, with flower pots on top, they may have supported floors of temples
or marked the graves of a vanished race. The stones appear in parallel rows
and burial remains have been found around the basis of the shafts

Thank you so much for visiting the above four Domains. I am very pleased to be able to share with you that further limited advertising on Micronesia Page, along with other Web Pages within the above four Domains, are now available. Potential advertisers are cordially invited to choose from several thousand Web sites available for placement of your important advertisements.

I would like to sincerely thank everybody for visiting and for your kind support. Best wishes and God's blessings to all. For further information, please contact me at:

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