history of Palau
Like the neighboring island states of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia, Pulau was the first colonial Spanish to call the islands Las Palos. One European ship’s tour was given more attention the British ship Antelope was smashed on an island in the group and the collision led to the death of a chief’s son, Lee Bo, in the London society
Spain retained its sovereignty over the islands until Germany bought it in 1899.
Then at the start of the First World War in 1914, Japan occupied the Carolines. As a Japanese colony, Palau acquired a sophisticated infrastructure and an expanded Copra industry. By 1935, one of the most populated islands, the population of Koror was four times more Japanese than the locals.
World War II and its aftermath
During World War II, Pluto became an important military base. Its proximity made it an easy launching pad for Japanese attacks on the Philippines. After US military rule at the end of the war, in 1947, Pulau became part of the US-administered Trustee Pacific Islands (TTPI). Freedom, however, was still far away and it was achieved several years later than Palo’s Micronesia neighbors
Strong security differences with the US
The Republic of Palau adopted the nuclear-free constitution in 1981, but it delayed a brief agreement with the United States on a mutually agreeable Treaty of Independent Association. Washington did not consider nuclear-free provisions in line with US security interests.
Finally, in 1986, a treaty agreement was agreed with the United States that granted the island’s independence for 50 years as the responsibility of the United States. But the continued referendum in Palau failed to produce the required 75 percent of the vote in favor of the deal. In 1987, Pluto voted in favor of amending the constitution with a minority-majority. In a subsequent poll, 73 supported the draft agreement. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that it was unconstitutional.
It was a troubling period in the long experience of the Palas of colonial rulers. Washington was under pressure and, in Palau itself, unprecedented political scandals, including murder and suicide. Eventually, Washington’s concerns were met, and as a result, Palau acquired an independent affiliation with the United States on October 1, 1994.
Economy – and extraordinary income sources
With the increase in tourism income the country’s economy is largely comprised of agriculture and fisheries In 2009, Palau announced that it would accept 17 men detained in Guantanamo under the remaining Uyghurs. The US was asked to do so and received substantial financial compensation Pulau ignored China’s angry response, which is one of a growing number of states admitting full diplomacy to Taiwan.