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Notes on the Geography of Micronesia (Pohnpei): Pohnpei: Photo 4

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Here's the same rock from the other side. The island's coral-reef necklace is on display, along with two of the several natural breaks in the reef. Those breaks made it possible for American whalers to begin dropping by in the 1830s. The island at that time had government by nahnmwharkis, chiefs ruling a segment of the roughly circular island. The Spanish finally installed a governor in 1886. By then, copra had become the most important industry, largely in the hands of a German company, the Jaluit Gesellschaft.

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