Micronesia: Trials of Trusteeship

Rota. Truk, Yap, Saipan, Koror, Ponape, Majuro . . . The Marshalls, Carolines and Marianas; they could be the names of seven Pekingese dogs and the families who own them. Actually these islands and archipelagoes (comprising 2,134 other islands and atolls) in the Western Pacific sun make up Micronesia—a tractable, tropical dreamland that the U.S. is not quite sure what to do with. They are the spoils of war, won from the Japanese at the cost of thousands of U.S. lives.

The U.S., with little need for them itself but concerned that no...

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