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Island (pop., 2000: 13,303), Palau, western Pacific Ocean. Lying southwest of Babelthuap island, the island of Koror has a land area of 3 sq mi (8 sq km). The town of Koror on the island was the administrative capital of all Japanese mandated islands in the Pacific from 1921 to 1945. Devastated during World War II, it was later developed as a commercial and tourist centre and served as the provisional capital of Palau. After the bridge between Koror and Babelthuap collapsed in 1996, a new bridge was built (opened 2002) while a new capital was under construction at Melekeok on Babelthuap.
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