Republic of Palau
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Spain acquired sovereignty over the Palau Islands in 1886 but sold the archipelago to Germany in 1899. Japan occupied the islands in 1914 and in 1921 they were mandated to Japan by the League of Nations. Captured by Allied Forces in 1944, the islands became part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands created on 18 July 1947 and administered by the USA. Following a referendum in July 1978 in which Palauans voted against joining the new Federated States of Micronesia, the islands became autonomous from 1 Jan. 1981. A referendum in Nov. 1993 favoured a Compact of Free Association with the USA. Palau became an independent republic on 1 Oct. 1994.


Pacific Island Free Association Congress Election Adult Literacy Rate Annual Population Growth Rate 
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Further Reading

  1. Statistical Information: The Controller-General of the Republic (Contraloria General de la República, Calle 35 y Avenida 6, Panama City) publishes an annual report and other statistical publications.Google Scholar
  2. McCullough, D. G., The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870–1914. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1999Google Scholar
  3. Sahota, G. S., Poverty Theory and Policy: a Study of Panama. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. 1990Google Scholar
  4. Other titles are listed under PANAMA CANAL, above.Google Scholar
  5. National library: Biblioteca Nacional, Departamento de Información, Calle 22, Panama.Google Scholar
  6. Website (Spanish only):

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  • Barry Turner

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