The Mariana Islands: A Report by Antoine-Alfred Marche, 1887 cover

The Mariana Islands: A Report by Antoine-Alfred Marche, 1887

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 by Antoine-Alfred Marche 

Publisher / Imprint: MARC
Year of Publication: 1982
ISBN-10: 1-878453-53-X
Pages: 52 pages

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The purpose of this paper is to translate in its entirety Antoine-Alfred Marche’s report to the Paris museum on his mission to the Mariana Islands. The general report was well written, identifying the geographical locations of the islands and the resources it contained. His analysis of the Chamorros and Carolinians is clearly defined by including both social and political aspects in his in-depth research. The report was based on both his personal observations and information collected from Spanish officials. It is arranged in chronological order and in such a manner that the translator chose to avoid embellishment in order to keep the simplicity and conciseness of the report.

Product Details
  • Publisher / Imprint: MARC
    • Paperback: 52 pages
    • Publisher: Micronesian Area Research Center (1982)
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0006EAAN2
Meet the Author(s)

Antoine-Alfred Marche (1844-1898) was a French explorer, ethnographer, and scientist who contributed extensively to Europe’s knowledge of the Philippines and the Marianas- island groups in the Pacific Ocean. His greatest published work, Lucon et Palaouan: six annees de voyage aux Philippines, appeared after his extensive stay there (1879-1881, 1882-1883), and is considered a major scientific study of the Philippines in the 19th century. After Marche’s visit to the Mariana Islands (1887-1889) and his return to France, he was assigned to Tunis as a librarian-archivist in the Department of Commerce and Agriculture. He returned to Paris where he died in 1898. Distributed by the Richard F. Taitano Micronesia Area Research Center/ MARC Publications Series No. 8


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