National Geographic : 1967 May
entrusted to Japan after World War I as a League of Nations mandate, now came under the United Nations Trusteeship Council as the U. S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Our Navy continued to administer them, however. The negotiated "strategic" trustee ship arrangement between the United States and the United Nations was unique. It pro vided for the United States to use the islands for military purposes and authorized it to deny entry to outsiders. In return for these privileges, the United States subscribed to United Nations goals to further modern education, sanitation, and economic advancement, and to "promote the development of the inhabitants... toward self-government or independence...." To bring all this to Micronesia would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Money aside, not everyone subscribed to the ideal istic U. N. goals. The ruling philosophy of the postwar era was: The Micronesians live in paradise. Please don't disturb. With snorkel, mask, and flippers, a diver invades the magical realm of a Palauan coral reef. His prize: a parrotfish, speared with a sharpened concrete-reinforcing rod. Accom plished spearfishermen, islanders normally use homemade goggles and swim barefooted. Wrasses hover at lower right. Fleet of giant clamshells at their com mand, youngsters battle in a Koror storage yard. The Western Carolines Trading Com pany exports the armor of Tridacna gigas for sale to shell and curio collectors.