The Republic of Marshall Islands is an island country and an associate of the US close to the equator in the Pacific Ocean.
The country recorded a population of 58,413 in 2018 and covers an area of 181.3 km2.
It is largest and capital city is Majuro.
Ferdinand Magellan a Portuguese navigator and Spaniard Miguel de Saavedra visited the country in the 1500s.
The islands were given their name in 1788 by a British Naval Captain John William Marshall who sailed through the country. Germany invaded the country in 1885.
Japanese captured the country in 1914 but is ousted by the US forces in 1944.
The country’s culture is the manit culture. It also has influences from American, German and Japanese cultures.
The crops grown in the country include bananas, breadfruit, pandanus, taro, tropical fruits and vegetables.
The most popular dishes are bananas, rice, seafood, pork, chicken, sashimi, sea turtles and papaya.
Common wildlife animals found in the country are sea animals such as whales, dolphins, crabs, porpoises, sea turtles and birds.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
The common events held in the islands are the Constitution Day, Liberation Day, Marshall’s Islands Memorial and Nuclear Victims Day, Coconut Cup Regatta, Fisherman’s Day, Manit Day and Gospel Day.
Things to see
Ebeye is the most populous island among the islands that form the country and is the cultural centre.
Arno Atoll is the legislative district of the Ratak Chain of country.
Roi Namur is an island located at the northern of Kwajalein Atoll.
Other must-visit places are Kill Island, Mill Atoll and Likiep Atoll.
It is one of the four Atoll nations in the world.
The US missile test range is located at Kwajalein.
US nuclear test sites were based at Bikini and Enewetak.