1899 Spain sells Yap and the remainder of Spanish Micronesia to Germany for $4.5 million. First German delegation includes a governor secretary, doctor, police chief and 11 Malay police.
1900 -1906 Disease ravages Yap. Population declines from 7,464 to 6,641. Influenza and leprosy are especially potent killers.
1901 O'Keefe disappears at sea. Tagreng Canal opens.
1902 Germans select one boy from each municipality for training as medical officer, and establish municipal medical stations.
1903 Germans open the island's first hospital near Tarang Island.
1905 German communications station finished, linking Yap with Guam and Shanghai.
1908 Last Spaniards leave.
1909 Phosphate mines open at Angaur,
Palau. Germans recruit 98 Yapese to work
1910 Pohnpeians who revolted against Germans are exiled to Yap and Palau.
1914 World War I begins. British shelling
destroys German communications center, and Japanese Expeditionary Squadron occupied the island on October 7 in a bloodless takeover.
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