12th October 1899
|1900 Sc1 SG7||1899 Sc1a SG1||xxx|
perf 13½x14½, no wmk
|December 1900 Stamps of Germany overprinted at 56°|
|3 pfennigs dark brown||1||7|
|March-June 1899 Stamps of Germany overprinted at 48°|
|3pf light brown||1a||1|
A group of around 550 small islands in the western Pacific, the Caroline Islands were discovered in 1526, claimed by Spain in a dispute with Germany and bought by Germany in 1899. The islands were occupied by Japan in 1914 and became a Japanese mandated territory. The US captured the islands during WW2 and in July 1947 they became a United States trust territory.