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Ever since foreign ships began visiting the islands, men came ashore to stay--some as deserters and beachcombers, some as castaways, some as traders. This is a list of those foreigners who came to Micronesia to stay--at least for a while. It includes foreigners who are proven to have lived ashore Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and the Marshalls during the 18th and 19th centuries.

  • The list is organized first by island groups, then alphabetically by name. Follow the island group links below to begin a search. To view the list of files updated by viewer feedback (September 2001), click here.

  • Names are given as we know them--with aliases in some cases, with nothing but a question mark in others.


  • Dates are the years we know that a person lived in the islands. Often the overall stay was probably much longer.


  • All references are followed by abbreviated sources. The full references for all sources can be found by following the sources link at the top of each page, or by clicking here.


  • Suggestions or changes? They're gratefully received. Send comments to micsem@micsem.org.
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Chuuk Kosrae Marshalls Palau.htm Pohnpei Yap.htm