Whalers, mainly from New England, visted the Marshall Islands in the early 19th century. The contacts were not always friendly and there were many documented killings on both sides. In the 1840s and 1850s the atolls of the Marshall islands had a fearsome reputation as ports of call. [back]


Tattooing was once very common, but the practice was stopped by the missionaries in the 19th century. [back]