Federated States of Micronesia History
Source: US State Department
European explorers--first the Portuguese in search of the Spice Islands and then the Spanish--reached the Carolines in the 16th century, with the Spanish establishing sovereignty.
The current FSM passed to German control in 1899, and then through the Treaty of Versailles to the Japanese in 1919.
Following World War II, these islands became part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, administered by the United States.
On May 10, 1979, four of the Trust Territory districts ratified a new constitution to become the Federated States of Micronesia. The neighboring trust districts of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands chose not to participate.
The FSM signed a Compact of Free Association with the United States in 1986. An Amended Compact entered into force in June 2004.
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