Federated States of Micronesia: History

  1. 1898

    The Caroline Islands, Micronesia plus Palau, come under German colonial control.

  2. 1914

    Japan occupies Micronesia.

  3. 1947

    Micronesia comes under US administration as it becomes a part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

  4. 1979

    The islands of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and Yap ratify a constitution, setting up the Federated States of Micronesia.

  5. 1986

    Micronesia signs a Compact of Free Association with the United States in which the US takes charge of Micronesia's defense affairs and provides ongoing economic assistance.

  6. 1991

    Micronesia joins the United Nations.

  7. 2003

    An amended 20-year compact is signed with the United States and is effective as of June 2004.


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