10 Interesting Palau Facts

Sunday, September 25th 2016. | Countries

If you want to know the island country located in the western Pacific Ocean, check Palau Facts. The official name of the country is Republic of Palau. Around 17,948 people lived the island. It covers the area of 465 km square. Based on the history, Palau was called Pelew or Belau. There are 250 islands located in Palau. Here are other interesting facts about Palau to notice:

Palau Facts 1: the highest population

The island in Palau which has the highest population in Koror. Melekeok State is the home of the capital Ngerulmud. The location is near the island of Babeldaob.

Palau Facts 2: the borders

Palau shares border with other countries like Federated States of Micronesia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

palau facts

palau facts

Palau Facts 3: the original settlement

If we talk about the original settlement of Palau, it was inhabited by the Philippines migrants around 3,000 years ago.

Palau Facts 4: the European exploration

In 16th century, the European people began to explore Palau. In 1574, the islands were included in Spanish East Indies.

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palau images

Palau Facts 5: under the control of Imperial Germany

The islands were sold to Imperial Germany due to the loss of Spain in 1898 Spanish-American War. After it was controlled by Imperial Germany, Palau was set up in German New Guinea.

Palau Facts 6: Palau in the First World War

During the First World War, the Imperial Japanese Navy controlled the islands. It became a major battlefield during the Second World War.

palau pic

palau pic

Palau Facts 7: the full sovereignty

Due to the establishment of a Compact of Free Association with the United States in 1994, Palau earned the full sovereignty. The island country and United States have free association.  Find facts about the Bahamas here.

Palau Facts 8: the economy in Palau

Tourism is considered as the primary source of economy in Palau. Other sources include fishing and agriculture. The foreign aid is also the main source to increase the economy of Palau. The currency in the country is US dollars.

palau pictures

palau pictures

Palau Facts 9: the culture

Most people who live in Palau have the Melanesian, Micronesian and Austronesian descent. Their culture reflects the Melanesian, Micronesian and Japanese culture. There are two official languages in the country. Both are English and Palauan. The regional languages include Tobian, Sonsorolese and Japanese. Check facts about Cayman Island here.

Palau Facts 10: the local foods

Pork, fish, potato, cassava, yam and taro are some regional foods in Palau. When the tourists want to eat, they will do it at the hotels.



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