Following World War II, the Federated States of Micronesia, along with several other island nations, were part of the U.N. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, under U.S. administration. Micronesia achieved independence in 1986. The United States recognized Micronesia upon independence and maintains an embassy in Kolonia.
Modern Flag of Micronesia
The United States recognized Micronesian independence on November 3, 1986, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan noted in proclamation 5564 that the United States had fulfilled its obligations to Micronesia under the terms of the trusteeship agreement. Therefore, effective that day, the Federated States of Micronesia would no longer be under U.S. trusteeship, and a Compact of Free Association agreed upon between the two countries would go into force.
On November 3, 1986, the United States opened an Office of the U.S. Representative. Michael G. Wygant presented his credentials on October 2, 1987.
On September 20, 1989, the Office of the U.S. Representative was upgraded to Embassy status. The first U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Aurelia Erskine Brazeal, presented her credentials on September 18, 1990.