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Known for its magnificent landscapes and natural beauty, the island nation of Palau has been the theater, over the past centuries, of disputes and conflicts related to its geographical position, in the northwestern sector of Oceania. Being located at the contact point between Indonesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian cultural areas, the Palau islands had long maintained the role of crossroads for explorers, traders, and warriors. Nowadays, Palau has lost its strategic function, and its new political course is aimed at preserving its territory as it is menaced by the rising sea level, its economic stability, and its international status as associate to the United States of America.

Early Settlements and First Contacts With the Western World

The islands composing the archipelago of Palau were occupied between 2500 and ...

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