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The complex geography of the Federated States of Micronesia—consisting of 607 islands and extending on about 3,000 kilometers across the Caroline Islands archipelago in Western Oceania—and its geographical position as a contact point between the Micronesian and Polynesian cultural area have been stimulating the appetite of invaders interested in controlling the routes to the East over the centuries, influencing the social life of its inhabitants, who are obliged to adapt their customs and habits to the economic and strategic needs of the occupants. The collective resilience of Micronesian people has permitted the survival of some cultural traits, even if a process of cultural hybridization has deeply transformed original Micronesian lifestyle patterns.

Micronesian Empire and Precolonial Conflicts

Some theories allow Micronesia a pivotal role in naval routes used ...

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