Micronesian colonists gradually settled the Marshall Islands during the 2nd millennium BC, with inter-island navigation made possible using traditional stick charts. Islands in the archipelago were first explored by Europeans in the 1520s, with Spanish explorer Alonso de Salazar sighting an atoll in August 1526. Other expeditions by Spanish and English ships followed. The islands derive their name from British explorer John Marshall, who visited in 1788. The islands were historically known by the inhabitants as "jolet jen Anij" (Gifts from God).
Most research indicates that low-lying atoll islands, predominantly in the Pacific Ocean such as the MarshallIslands and Kiribati, risk being submerged by the end of the century, but there are indications that some islands will become uninhabitable long before that happens.
“Some customers reported it to the crew and the captain stopped the vessel,” DeborahMarshall, B.C ...There are few incidents with dogs on ferries, said Marshall, who recalls a cocker spaniel named Daisy that disappeared from a ferry out of Horseshoe Bay and turned up two days later on Bowen Island.
Fiame is only the second woman to lead a PacificIsland country, after Hilda Heine, former president of the MarshallIslands...China’s influence has grown in Samoa in the past 20 years especially in infrastructure development across the two main islands ... across the four islands.