Palau (formerly spelled Belau or Pelew) is an island nation at the southeastern edge of the Philippine Sea, west of the islands of the Micronesian federation. The islands were colonized by Spain, although there was little European contact until the 1880s. After the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spain sold its interest in Palau to Germany. In 1914, early in World War I, the islands were annexed by Japan. American forces captured Palau in 1944 after bloody fighting.
Following World War II, Palau was governed by the U.S. as part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Palau was the last region of the trust territory to achieve its independence, in 1994. The new country signed a compact of free association with the United States; this agreement provides for U.S. economic subsidies and continues various U. S. domestic services to Palau's citizens.
Navigational aids in Palau are managed by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Industries, and Commerce.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume M of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 111.
Koror Light ruins, Ngeruktabel, August 2000
photo copyright Controlled Burn; used by permission
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Posted August 28, 2005. Checked and revised September 2, 2016. Lighthouses: 4. Site copyright 2016 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.