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Photos from Saipan
Saipan is a tropical Island located in the Western Pacific,
north of the equator. It is a part of the Northern Mariana Islands
(Saipan, Tinian and Rota), in Micronesia.
first contact with the west was in the 1600's when Spanish ships
stopped there on their way from New Spain (Mexico) to The Philippines.
Jesuit Priests soon followed. Saipan was occupied briefly by
the Germans at the turn of the 20th century then under mandate
by the Japanese from 1918 until 1944.
June 1944 the US invaded Saipan as part of it's push against
the Japanese in the pacific. Saipan and Tinian would become
very important in the US effort to defeat Japan in the Pacific.
Both atomic bombs were loaded on to their B-29 Super Fortresses
Saipan and the North Mariana's are a Commonwealth within the
USA. It is a popular diving and tourism destination for people
in the Pacific and Asia.
On some of the pages you will see that some photos are aviable
to purchase as prints. Worldwide in 52 different currencies.