• Spain claims the islands which are now present-day Palau. 

  • Palau is bought by Germany who exploits their resources of phosphate and coconuts.

  • Japan seizes Palau after defeating Germany in World War I. 

  • Palau becomes a United Nations Trust Territory under US administration after the defeat of Japan in World War II.

  • Palau opts to not become part of the Federal Micronesian state.
  • Palau joins the UN.

  • Palau is granted independence but continues to receive financial aid from the US. The US also retains responsibility for defense.

  • The US gives Palau $250 million in aid.


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