Friday, April 29, 2005

History of Guam

History of Guam. This site offers a brief overview to the pacific island territory of Guam.

From the site:

Guam was discovered by Magellan in 1521, was occupied by Spain in 1688, was captured by the United States cruiser " Charleston " in June 1899, and was ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Paris on the l0th of December 1898. The island was inhabited by the Chamorro people who are the descendants of sea farers who first discovered the island thousands of years before Magellan.

The 1910 Catholic Encyclopedia wrote, "Guam is 32 miles long, from 3 to 10 miles broad, and about 200 sq. miles in area. Of its total population of 11,490 (11,159 natives), Agana, the capital, contains about 7,000. Possessing a good harbour, the island serves as a United States naval station, the naval commandant acting also as governor. The products of the island are maize, copra, rice, sugar, and valuable timber."

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