The Formation of the Northern Mariana Islands
The Prehistoric Period
The Spanish Period
The German Period
The Japanese Period
The Northern Mariana Islands and World War II
Trust Territory Period
United States Commonwealth
The Prehistoric Period (3000 B.C.)
The early history of the mariana islands is shrouded in the mists of
antiquity but it is believed that the islands were first settled around
3,000 B.C. by an ancient seafaring people, prehistoric "Stone Age
Vikings", who journeyed in outrigger canoes and eventually lost their
navigational skills and were marooned.  It is believed that they sailed
across the vast expanse of the open Pacific, north and eastward from
southeast Asia, possibly from what is now known as Indonesia.
The people, who became known as Chamorros, developed unique
construction skills which permitted to carve huge, mushroom - like
capped pillars of stone from solid rock known today as Latte or Taga
Stones.  Their precise use remains one of the great mysteries of the
Pacific to this day.
The CNMI Guide would like to thank Mr. William H. Stewart
for providing all the information used in these pages.