Definition of Marshall Islands in English:

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Marshall Islands

Pronunciation:
(also the Marshalls)
A country that consists of two chains of islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean; population 64,500 (est. 2009); capital, Majuro; languages, English (official) and local Austronesian languages.

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

Origin

Named after John Marshall, an English adventurer who visited the islands in 1788.

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Syllabification: Mar·shall Is·lands

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