rich only in mud and coconuts. They were wet from May to October, rainy from November to April, and humid all the time.
The native Melanesians--workers on the copra plantations--were uniformly hostile to the brutal Japanese who treated them badly. The Melanesians--as well as the Australian "coast watchers" who hid out in the Japanese-held Central and Northern Solomons--were to be an important factor in the eventual Allied victory. Fifteen-thousand islanders lived on Guadalcanal alone. More on this as we go.