• The Caroline Islands in Micronesia come under German colonial control.

  • Japan occupies Micronesia during World War I.

  • Micronesia becomes a major battleground during World War II. 

  • Micronesia comes under U.S. administration, in the form of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, which was under the United Nations' authority. 

  • Micronesia signs a "Compact of Free Association" with the United States until 2001, under which Washington provides substantial economic assistance in return for taking charge of Micronesia's defense affairs, including the right to establish military bases. 

  • Micronesia joins the United Nations.
  • A renegotiated 20-year compact with the U.S., worth $3.5bn to Micronesia and Marshall Islands, is signed by the U.S. president.


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