The Ogasawara Islanders (欧米系, Ōbeikei lit. Westerners), also Bonin Islanders, are a Euronesian ethnic group native to Japan. They are culturally and genetically distinct from the Yamato, the Ainu, and the Ryukyuans as they are the modern-day descendants of Europeans, White Americans, Polynesians, and Kanaks who settled Hahajima and Chichijima in the 18th century.
|Regions with significant populations|
|Ogasawara Islands, United States|
|Bonin English, Japanese, American English|
|Christianity, Buddhism, Shintoism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Austronesians, White Americans, Europeans, Native Hawaiians|
The first documented incident of human occupation of the Ogasawara Islands took place in 1830, when Nathaniel Savory, a White American from Massachusetts, settled the island of Chichijima. He was accompanied by Matteo Mazzaro, an Italian, who would serve as governor of the island, John Millencamp, an American, Henry Webb, an Englishman, Charles Robinson, also English, Joachin Gonzalez, a Portuguese man, and approximately twenty Native Hawaiians, whose personal names were not recorded. Though Savory was American, his expedition has been commissioned by British forces, making it a British settlement.
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