Large archipelago in W Pacific Ocean; includes 550 to 680 islands (depending on what is called an island). Area: ca. 550 sq. mi. Inhabitants Polynesian. Formerly belonged to Ger.; under Jap. control 191444; part of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; assigned to US 1947. Missions by ABCFM; Liebenzeller Miss. (before WW I). The RC Ch. is also active. See also Micronesia.
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