posted on Dec, 20 2010 @ 10:31 PM
These are the historically established dates concerning the island of Ponape and its satellite islets:
1595 Pedro Fernandes de Quiros, a Portuguese, landed from the San Geronimo. The first white men set foot on the island and saw the ruins of
1686 The whole archipelago became a Spanish possession and was called Carolinas after King Charles II.
1826 The Irishman James O’Connell landed on the island with other survivors of a shipwreck. He was given a friendly reception by the
people of Ponape and married a native girl.
1838 As from this year, the island’s annals record several visits by white men.
1851 Natives massacred the crew of a British ship. A punitive expedition turned Ponape into a bloodbath.
1880 Missionaries of various Christian persuasions descended on the island like a swarm of locusts, burnt age-old inscribed tablets and
banned traditional popular customs.
1889 Spain sold the archipelago of Ponape (together with the Marianne and Palau Islands) to Germany.
1910 The islanders killed missionaries and government officials. Very few white people escaped the massacre.
1911 The German cruiser Emden shelled the island; the rebels were subdued and their leader publicly hanged.
1919 The Caroline Islands, including Ponape, became Japanese mandated territory.
1944 The Americans occupied the group of Islands during the war in the Pacific.
1947 The Islands became American Trust Territory.
Here is an interesting article about the platinum coffins from "the Gold of the God's"
The reports of fabulous wealth had enticed pearl divers and Chinese merchants to investigate the seabed secretly and the divers had all risen from
the depths with incredible tales. They had been able to walk on the bottom on well-preserved streets overgrown with mussels and coral. “Down
below,” there were countless stone vaults, pillars and monoliths. Carved stone tablets hung on the remains of clearly recognizable houses. What
the pearl divers did not find was discovered by Japanese divers with modern equipment. They confirmed with their finds what the traditional legends of
Ponape reported: the vast wealth in precious metals, pearls and bars of silver. The legend says that the corpses rest in the “House of the Dead”
(i.e. the main house in the complex). The Japanese divers reported that the dead were buried in watertight platinum coffins. And the divers
actually brought bits of platinum to the surface day after day! In fact, the main exports of the island-copra, vanilla, sago and mother of pearl- were
supplanted by platinum! Rittlinger says that the Japanese carried on exploiting this platinum until one day two divers did not surface, in spite of
their modern equipment. Then the war broke out and the Japanese had to withdraw. He ends his story as follows: “The natives’ stones,
encrusted with century-old legends, are probably exaggerated. But the finds of platinum on an island where the rock contains no platinum, were and
remain a very real fact” All that happened about 1939 I do not believe in the metal or platinum coffins Hexagonal or octagonal basalt columns,
overgrown with mussels and coral, could easily be mistaken for coffins under the water. Never mind. The fact remains that Japan exported platinum from
Ponape after its mandate in 1919. Where did all this platinum come from?
Very good read.