Caroline IslandsCaroline Islands
archipelago in the W Pacific: in 1979, four of its five districts gained internal self-government as the Federated States of Micronesia, but remained a part of the Pacific Islands until 1990
An archipelago of the western Pacific Ocean east of the Philippines. The islands were controlled successively by Spain, Germany, and Japan before being included in the US Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands after 1947. All of the islands except Palau joined (1979) the Federated States of Micronesia.
- a widely scattered archipelago of tiny islands in the western Pacific Ocean, to the north of New Guinea, politically divided between the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau