History of Marshall Islands

Important Dates

First contact w/ Europeans

1529

Arrival of Capt. John Marshall

1788

Christian Missionaries

1850

Republic of the Marshall Islands

1982

Colonial Rule

Spanish Rule

1594 - 1885

German Rule

1885 - 1938

started w/ protectorate

Japanese Rule

1938 - 1944

"economic exploitation, Japanese emigration, militarization"--strict but effective

American Administration

1944 - 1979

Self-Government

1979 - 2013