Bob Agramonte of La Conner, WA, asks:

My National Geographic World Atlas [1963] Has It Spelled "KUSAIE" Was
Name Changed? Also Spelling Is "PONAPE"

Since we try to be as accurate in our reporting as possible, we've double checked our spelling of these two locations in the Federated States of Micronesia against current charts, one atlas (C 1993), and several website locations. We feel confident to report that the current spelling of Kosrae and Pohnpei are universally correct. According to Rand McNally, some names have been standardized, and the spelling of some countries are not used outside the boundaries of that country or region -- which might explain the differences in spelling. Thanks for keeping us on our toes.


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