Source: US State Department
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.