First inhabitants settle in the islands creating complex social systems as well as practicing fishing and farming.
Spain claims the islands.
Spain sells Palau to Germany, who in turn begins to exploit the islands’ natural resources through native slave labor.
Japan seizes Palau after Germany is defeated in World War I.
Palau becomes a United Nations Trust Territory under United States Administration.
Palau opts to not become part of the Federal Micronesian state.
A contract of Free Association with the United States is instated giving Palau independence. The United States still provides aid and retains defense responsibilities and the right to operate military bases within the country. Palau joins the United Nations.
United States agrees to give Palau additional aid of $250 million.