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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Palau.
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1. The country’s population of around 18,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. It has over 200 hundred islands out of which only 8 are inhabited. Of those, about 70 percent of Palauans live on the island of Koror.
2. Floating Garden Islands, known as The Rock Islands, are made up of lime stones. The Rock Islands of Palau, also called Chelbacheb, are a small collection of limestone or coral uprises, ancient relics of coral reefs that violently surfaced to form Islands in Palau’s Southern Lagoon, between Koror and Peleliu, and are now an incorporated part of Koror State.
3. Palau doesn’t have a military force of its own. The U.S. is responsible for its defense under a Compact of Free Association between Palau and the US. A Compact of Free Association (COFA) defines the relationship that each of three sovereign states—the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Republic of Palau—have entered into as associated states with the United States.
4. The Milky Way Lagoon is famous for its being a natural spa treatment. Locals and tourists alike look forward to apply the white mud from the lagoon all over their body. The Milky Way Lagoon has about 70 other marine lakes located throughout the Rock Islands. It is one of Palau’s most famous dive (snorkeling only) sites. It is notable for the millions of golden jellyfish which migrate horizontally across the lake daily.
5. Palau was sighted by Europeans as early as 1522. The conscious discovery of Palau came a century later in 1697, when a group of Palauans were shipwrecked on the Philippine island of Samar to the northwest. They were interviewed by the Czech missionary Paul Klein on 28 December 1696. Klein was able to draw the first map of Palau based on the Palauans’ representation of their home islands.
6. The capital of Palau was moved from Koror (population 10,743) to the tiny village of Ngerulmud (which had no population listed in the 2005 census) in 2006. Ngerulmud is in the state of Melekeok, which is so small that it had a population of only 391 in the 2005 census (though likely had more after 2006 due to the new capital).
7. During World War II, the United States captured Palau from Japan in 1944 after the costly Battle of Peleliu, when more than 2,000 Americans and 10,000 Japanese were killed. In the United States, this was a controversial battle because of the island’s questionable strategic value and the high casualty rate, which exceeded that of all other amphibious operations during the Pacific War.
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