Palau

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Palau Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Palau n
  1. a republic in the western central Pacific Ocean in association with the United States [syn: Republic of Palau, TT]
  2. a chain of more than 200 islands about 400 miles long in the western central Pacific Ocean [syn: Palau Islands, Belau, Pelew]
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Palau /pəˈlaʊ/  ( listen), officially the Republic of Palau (Palauan: Beluu er a Belau), is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo. Having emerged from United Nations trusteeship (administered by the United States) in 1994, it is one of the world's youngest and smallest sovereign states. In English, the name is sometimes spelled Belau in accordance with the native pronunciation. It was formerly also spelled Pelew.

The archipelago is also known as "The Black Islands". Vintage maps and village drawings can be found at the Australian library online, as well as photos of the tattooed and pierced Ibedul of Koror and Ludee.

Palau was initially settled over 3,000 years ago, and perhaps 4,500 years ago, probably by migrants from the Philippines. A pygmy population is attested until about 900 years ago. The modern population, judging by its language, may have come from the Sunda Islands. British traders became prominent visitors in the 18th century, followed by expanding Spanish influence in the 19th century. Following its defeat in the Spanish-American War, Spain sold Palau and most of the rest of the Caroline Islands to Germany in 1899. Control passed to Japan in 1914 and during World War II the islands were taken by the United States in 1944, with the costly Battle of Peleliu between September 15 and November 25 with more than 2,000 Americans and 10,000 Japanese killed. The islands passed formally to the United States under United Nations auspices in 1947 as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

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  • Bank of Guam, Palau ink home financing program
    HAGATNA, Guam —Bank of Guam, the National Development Bank of Palau, the Palau Housing Authority, and the Republic of Palau’s Minister of Finance signed the Belau Real Estate Financing Program on April 1, 2014, signifying the first and only private financial institution Real Estate Financing Program in Palau. Read more on this news related to 'Palau'
  • Philippines, Palau Hold First Technical Meeting on Exclusive Economic Zone Boundaries (Department of Foreign Affairs ...
    (Source: Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines) Details Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 02:32 Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 02:33 Published Date Hits: 39 8 April 2014 - Atty. Gilberto G.B. Asuque, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan and Mr. Fritz Koshiba, Senior Adviser to the... Read more on this news related to 'Palau'
  • Tex. governor heading to Pacific to aid in search for remains of missing WWII servicemen
    Gov. Rick Perry is heading Saturday to the tiny Pacific island nation of Palau on a nearly two-week trip to help the BentProp Project search for the remains of U.S. servicemen who went missing in action during World War II. Read more on this news related to 'Palau'

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