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824438.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:45 am Reply with quote

Palau - is a Pacific nation about 191 square miles in size including of 200 islands. The Caroline Islands, which included Palau were named after King Charles II of Spain and formed part of the Spanish East Indies. In 1889 following many territorial disputes Spain sold the islands to Germany for 25m pesetas.

The Carolines were a German colony, until seized by Japan in 1914. which the League of Nations gave to Japan to administer after World War 1.

Palau was the western part of a UN Trust Territory of Pacific Islands administered by the USA after World War II. It became independent in 1994.

Capital is Melekeok

Largest town: Koror

Currency: US Dollar

Language: English and Palaun

Palau's major trading partner appears to be Taiwan.

The population is about 20,000. It is one of the smallest countries in the World.

Geography Guy
987265.  Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:55 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Capital is Melekeok

Well, not quite.
The capital of the Republic of Palau is in fact the settlement of Ngerelmud, which is in Melekeok. The State of Melekeok has eight inhabited settlements, one being Ngerelmud, which replaced Koror (still the largest city) as capital city in 2006.
To add to the confusion, within the state of Melekeok is the town of Melekeok, only 2 km away from Ngerelmud, but a separate non-capital city with the same name as the capital state.

Palau has a pretty good excuse for all this confusion, being only 20 years old as an independent nation after passing through the hands of Pygmies, Indonesians, Filipinos, British, Spaniards, Germans, Japanese, and Americans.

987429.  Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:16 pm Reply with quote

Perhaps someone should tell the CIA and a number of other sources. The BBC/Wiki agree with Ngerulmund as the new capital. The Palau Government website is not very clear on this matter.

Geography Guy
987435.  Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:49 pm Reply with quote

Looks like some people have gone through this recently, and couldn't really come to a verdict. It seems to depend on who you ask.
These guys somewhat agree that it is Ngerulmud, being the hill that the capital was built on, within the State of Melekeok.

987816.  Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:47 am Reply with quote

References as to the capital of Palau are vague as correspondence on the Lonely Planet Website testifies. The new government building at Ngerulmud would probably define its location as the seat of government or Capitol but where is the Capital located?

The link between Uighurs, Guantanamo Bay and Palau is QI, as is the BBC claim that Palau could be the world's cannabis capital.

987821.  Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:13 am Reply with quote

A ceremony and a deserted location and a Uighur refugee.

1126926.  Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:24 pm Reply with quote

Palau created the world's first "shark sanctuary" in 2009, banning all commercial shark fishing in its waters.


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