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    Palau History
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    Source: US State Department
      Palau was initially settled more than 4,000 years ago, probably by migrants from what today is Indonesia. British traders became prominent visitors in the 18th century, followed by expanding Spanish influence in the 19th century. Following its defeat in the Spanish-American War, Spain sold Palau and most of the rest of the Caroline Islands to Germany in 1899. Control passed to Japan in 1914 and then to the United States under UN auspices in 1947 as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

      Four of the Trust Territory districts formed a single federated Micronesian state in 1979, but this eventually dissolved as the individual districts long culturally distinct opted for more locally popular status. Palau approved a new constitution in 1981, subsequently signing a Compact of Free Association with the United States in 1982. After eight referenda and an amendment to the Palauan constitution, the Compact went into effect on October 1, 1994, marking Palau's emergence from trusteeship to independence.


      NOTE: The information regarding Palau on this page is re-published from the US State Department. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Palau History information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Palau History should be addressed to the State Department.
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