Marshall Islands: History
Spain claims the Marshall Islands.
Germany buys the islands from Spain for $4.5 million, after several German trading companies have been established there.
Japan captures the islands during the beginning of World War I.
The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, which includes the Marshall Islands, is created by the United Nations. The United States administers the group.
After the United States captures the islands during World War II, the US begins nuclear weapons testing on Bikini Atoll, forcing some islanders to move.
The islands become independent. The US recognizes the constitution and the establishment of the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Voters in the Marshall Islands approve the Compact of Free Association with the US. This agreement gives the islands independence but also keeps close ties between the islands and the US, as the US retains control over the island's foreign defense.
The Marshall Islands join the United Nations.
The Marshall Islands are taken off of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) list of uncooperative tax havens.
The Majuro Declaration is signed in the Marshall Islands as an agreement between the Pacific island countries to take steps to fight climate change.