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Up until the 20th Century, the Micronesian islands were important only to the natives who lived their simple lives as fishermen and subsistence farmers. This changed as the Japanese began to build military bases through these islands in an attempt to gain tactical superiority in the Pacific. Places like Guam and Truk Lagoon came to international attention during WWII, as U.S. forces battled the Japanese through these remote South Pacific islands on their way to Tokyo. Located in Guam, the Museum of the War in the Pacific is an excellent place to learn more about this captivating history.