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The Palmyra Atoll is an unorganized, incorporated US territory, sitting approximately 1,000 miles due south of Hawaii, at the north end of the Line Islands. This site is a catalogue of events and materials, starting with the atoll's first recorded discovery in 1798, up to its sale to the Nature Conservancy in 2001.
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In 1998, Dr. James Maragos was part of a joint effort by the USFWS and Nature Conservancy to explore Palmyra as a possible nature preserve and…
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This Brewster F2A Buffalo, a member of the VMF-211 Fighter Sqaudron assigned to Palmyra, crashed onto the deck of the USS Long Island, after…
From 1886 to 1889, Arthur Mostyn Field was captain of the HMS Penguin, conducting extensive surveys of South Pacific islands on behalf of the British…
Brief but unique account from 1943, about a contractor named M.R. "Slim" Gooding, who worked on Palmyra's initial Navy construction projects. It…
This photo comes from an unknown publication, but the photos were likely taken as part of the USS Taney's visit to Palmyra in 1937 (despite the date…