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by Antoine-Alfred Marche
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.
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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