First posted on November 20th 2004






Timeline : Micronesia


4000-2000 B.C.
1525
1565/1668
1800es
1854
1884-1885
1885

1898
1899
1914
1920

1935
1944
1947


1951
1965
1978

1979
1986
1991
First settlers arrived
Spanish navigators searching for the Spice Islands visited Yap, Ulithi
Spain claimed Marianas, Marshall Islands, Carolinas
Islands visited by British whalers
smallpox epidemic killed half of population of Pohnpei
Germany challenged Spain's claim over the Caroline, Marshall Islands
Pope Leo XIII. confirmed Spain's claim over the Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands,
Marianas
Spain defeated by U.S. in Spanish-American War; ceded Philippines, Guam to U.S.
Spain sold her claim to the Caroline Islands to Germany
World War I; Carioline Islands occupied by the Japanese
League of Nations granted mandate over Caroline Islands (with Palau), Marshall Islands
(without Nauru), Northern Mariana Islands to Japan
Japan wthdrew from the League of Nations, de facto annexed the islands
U.S. attack on Japanese fleet stationed at Truk (now Chuuk)
United Nations created Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Caroline Islands with Palau,
Marshall Islands without Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands), entrusted U.S. with ad-
ministration
Administration of TTPI transferred from U.S. Navy to U.S. Department of the Interior
Congress of Micronesia formed
Districts Chuuk (Truk), Yap, Pohnpei (Ponape), Kosrae (Kusaie) approved forming
Federated tates of Micronesia; Palau inhabitants rejected it
FSM constitution implemented
Compact of Free Association with the U.S. went into force
Federated States of Micronesia joined U.N.




EXTERNAL
FILES
History of FSM, from Visit FSM; from Lonely Planet
Timeline, from BBC News