Geography of Micronesia

This region consists of many hundreds of small islands spread over a large region of the western Pacific. The only empire known to have originated in Micronesia was based in Yap. The term Micronesia was first proposed to distinguish the region in 1831 by Jules Dumont d’Urville.
During the First World War, Germany’s Pacific island territories were taken from it and were made into League of Nations Mandates. Nauru became an Australian mandate, while Germany’s other territories were given as mandates to Japan. This remained the situation until Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, when its mandates became a United Nations Trusteeship ruled by the United States, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Today, all of Micronesia (with the exceptions of Guam and Wake Island, which are U.S. territories, and the Northern Mariana Islands, which is a U.S. Commonwealth) are independent states.
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