Northern Mariana Islands

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Largely populated by the native Chamorros, Northern Mariana Island was discovered by Spain in the middle 1500’s. The first crew to go ashore ended up in the bloody battle as one of the natives took a small boat belonging to the crew. This would incite tensions between the groups that led to Spain’s occupation and near wipe out of the entire population. It is now discovered that this was nothing more than a cultural misunderstanding but the damage was done. With the population dwindling, natives from other islands were brought in to repopulate the island. Spain sold the area to Germany and it was then overthrown by the Japanese during WWII who used the island as a garrison. The US would step in and win the land after a long fought and bloody three week battle. In the 1970’s the island became an official US Territory and remains under this agreement to this day. As part of the deal the island is self governed but must allow all from the US who wish to enter, this has served the small area well for the economic growth.

Water Sports
The island known as Northern Mariana Island depends largely on the tourist trade for its economic structure which means that all water sports are very big around the island. The cool breeze that blows in almost constantly is perfect for wind surfing which has garnered a number of manufacturers to the island. Standard surfing is also popular with the natives and the tourists. Fishing is at its best in the waters surrounding this area. Large Marlins are present and make for a wonderful afternoon aboard one of the charter boats.

Island Diversity
There are many people on the island from all walks of life and countries. The Spanish still maintain a large presence here from the days of their occupation, as well as the Germans. Chinese and Japanese immigrants are also prevalent as they come to work in the many garment factories that are scattered across the land. US based people have found this to be a great place to live as well and many have started to build new homes here.

Activities
Everything revolves around the tourist and for this reason there is much to do. The guided tours are a crowd favorite on the island which takes them to the most beautiful areas that Northern Mariana Island has to offer. Local customs and ceremonies are popular as well along with the many areas to shop for discount clothing that is made right on the island.

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