Pacific Islands Trust Territory of the
Pacific Islands, Trust Territory of the
A group of more than 2,000 islands and islets of the northwest Pacific Ocean administered by the United States as a United Nations trust territory from 1947 to 1978. It originally included the Caroline, Mariana (excluding Guam), and Marshall Islands. Most parts of the territory, including Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands, are now independent.
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