The islands were made a German protectorate in 1885. After being under Japanese mandate following World War I, they were administered from 1947 until 1986 by the US as part of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory and then became a republic in free association with the US
named after John Marshall, an English adventurer who visited the islands in 1788.
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