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The Japanese Flag Unfurled

October 2003 Historical Albums

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For Micronesians during the last century, a major war meant a change in colonial administration. Germany had acquired the islands from Spain after the US defeat of Spain in 1899. Now, just fifteen years later, at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, Japan swept through the islands seizing Germany's former possessions. As the Rising Sun was unfurled, Japan's thirty-year rule over island Micronesia began. This album offers a glimpse of the first few years of Japanese naval occupation in the islands–what Japanese found and how they touched the lives of the people there.


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