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||View of part of the east side of the Island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, showing the extensive stands of Tangan-tangan that resulted from the seeding of the island with Tangan-tangan (Leucaena leucocephala) seed obtained in the Philippines. The treee is a native of Central America, and was probably introduced to the Philippines by the Spanish as a result of cattle importation. U.S. miltary forces did the aerial seeding after the horrific Battle of Saipan (July 1944), that resulted in the almost complete destruction of island vegetation. This view is from the Laderan Tangke Trail, and shows the Bahia Fanonchuluyan, with the top of Isleta Maigo Fanang (Bird Islet) visible at center. During the Japanese occupation (1914-44), the flatter areas in this image were planted in sugar cane. March, 1990; 145 degr. E Long.; 15 degr. N. Lat.