[mair-ee-an-uh, mar-, mair-, mar-; Spanish mah-ree-ah-nah]
- a group of 15 small islands in the Pacific, E of the Philippines: divided into Guam, a possession of the U.S., and the North Marianas, formally under U.S. trusteeship. 453 sq. mi. (1127 sq. km).
Compare North Mariana Islands.
Also called Mar·i·an·as.Formerly La·drone Is·lands [luh-drohn] /ləˈdroʊn/, La·drones [luh-drohnz; Spanish lah-th raw-nes] /ləˈdroʊnz; Spanish lɑˈðrɔ nɛs/.
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As a territory of the United States, the Marianas could freely sell into the U.S. market.
But as a self-governing commonwealth, the Marianas were exempt from U.S. labor standards and even immigration laws.
The Marianas needed Abramoff only because the U.S. placed restrictions on Chinese textile exports into the U.S. markets.
"I should like to see the Marianas—or the Ladrones, as we traders call them," I said.The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton
That father was withdrawn, to begin the conversion of the Marianas Islands.
Three species are known only from the Palaus; two are known only from the Marianas.
The latest collections of these birds in the Marianas were made by the Japanese.
It was first taken by Quoy and Gaimard, who found it in the Marianas.
- a chain of volcanic and coral islands in the W Pacific, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea: divided politically into Guam (a US unincorporated territory) and the islands north of Guam constituting the Northern Mariana Islands (a US commonwealth territory). Area: 1018 sq km (393 sq miles)Former name (1521–1668): Ladrone Islands
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