What am I celebrating?

January 31, 2017

nauru-peopleJanuary 31 is celebrated as Nauru Independence Day. Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific and third smallest state by area in the world, with 10,084 residents in a 21-square-kilometre (8.1 sq mi) area, it is behind only Vatican City and Monaco in size.


Settled by native peoples from Micronesia and Polynesia, Nauru was annexed and claimed as a colony by the German Empire in the late 19th century. After World War I, Nauru became a League of Nations mandate administered by Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. During World War II, Nauru was occupied by Japanese troops, who were bypassed by the Allied advance across the Pacific. After the war ended, the country entered into UN trusteeship. Nauru gained its independence in 1968.


Photo credit: Hadi Zaher

Nauru enjoyed a thriving economy through the 1970s due to the abundance of phosphate on the island which was easily accessed by strip-mining.  Unfortunately, depletion of the phosphate reserves has led to a down turn in the Nauru’s economy.


Text from Wikipedia

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