Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
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|Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands|
|United Nations Trust Territory|
Location of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in the Pacific.
|Chief of State|
|-||1947–1953 (first)||Harry S. Truman|
|-||1993–1994 (last)||Bill Clintona|
|-||1947–1948 (first)||Louis E. Denfeld|
|-||1981–1987 (last)||Janet J. McCoyb|
|Historical era||Cold War|
|-||Trusteeship||July 18, 1947|
|-||Free Association||October 1, 1994|
|-||1980||1,779 km² (687 sq mi)|
|Density||74.7 /km² (193.5 /sq mi)|
|Currency||United States dollar|
|a.||Clinton was President when Palau's Compact of Free Association took effect. Ronald Reagan was President when the RMI, FSM, and CNMI's final status took effect.|
|b.||McCoy retired as High Commissioner in 1987. As Palau was still a part of the TTPI, it was administered by officials in the Office of Territorial and International Affairs until 1994.|
The TTPI entered UN trusteeship on July 18, 1947 and was designated a "strategic area" in its 1947 trusteeship agreement. As such, its formal status as a UN trust territory could be terminated only by the Security Council, and not by the General Assembly as with other trust territories. The United States Navy controlled the TTPI from a headquarters in Guam until 1951, when the United States Department of the Interior took over control, administering the territory from a base in Saipan.
On October 21, 1986, the U.S. ended its administration of the Marshall Islands District. The termination of U.S. administration of the Chuuk, Yap, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and the Mariana Islands districts of the TTPI soon followed on November 3, 1986. The Security Council formally ended the trusteeship for the Chuuk, Yap, Kosrae, Pohnpei, Mariana Islands, and Marshall Islands districts on December 22, 1990. On May 25, 1994, the Council ended the trusteeship for the Palau District, after which the U.S. and Palau agreed to establish the latter's independence on October 1.
The area is now divided into four territories:
Sovereign states in free association
- Republic of the Marshall Islands - Established 1979, COFA effective October 21, 1986
- Federated States of Micronesia - Established 1979, COFA effective November 3, 1986
- Republic of Palau - Established 1981, COFA effect October 1, 1994
Unincorporated organized territories
- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands - New constitution partially effective January 1, 1978, and fully effective November 4, 1986.
Media related to Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands at Wikimedia Commons
- Photos from the records of the Trust Territory Government
- 1967 Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Census Geography
- United States Code: CHAPTER 14 - TRUST TERRITORY OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS