Yap is belived to have been settled by a seafaring people from the area today known as eastern Indonesia and the southern part of the Phillipines sometime around 1500 B.C. By 1525 A.D. the portugese explorer Diego da Rocha arrived in Yap.
By this time the Yapese are well known among the indigenous people all over Oceania as expert sailors and navigators.
During the 1870s both Spain and Germany lay claim to Yap. Papal intervention by Leo XIII decides the issue in Spains favor, but by 1899 they sell Yap to Germany.
In 1919 the Japanse take control of Yap. They are to remain until the end of WWII, when Yap is occupied by american forces.
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