Photo from the Micronesian Archaeological Research Services(MARS)

Photo from the Micronesian Archaeological Research Services (MARS)

According to early historic accounts about the Mariana Islands, rice (Oryza sativa) was produced in large quantities in pre-Spanish times, and was used as a commodity for trade between islands and later, with the Europeans to obtain metal. Rice, however, is significant archeologically because the Chamorros of the Marianas were the only Pacific Island people who cultivated rice in the tropics dating back to ancient times. Learn more>>>