Guam on a Map of the PacificA map of Guam on the Pacific Ocean
Map of Guam ,Pacific
is an unregistered, organised area of the United States in the West Pacific. The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation lists Guam as one of seventeen non-self-governing areas. The Mariana Islands are the biggest and most southerly. Chamorros, the native inhabitants of Guam, lived on the archipelago about 4,000 years ago.
It has a long tradition of colonial Europe, beginning with the Ferdinand Magellan's Spain mission on March 6, 1521. Guam was an important stop-over for more than two hundred years for the Manila-Galleons of Spain, who traversed the Pacific each year. It was under Spain's control until 1898, when it was handed over to the United States during the Spanish-American War and later officially relinquished under the Treaty of Paris.
It is the biggest of the Micronesian islands and was the only US islands in the area before the Second World War. On December 8, 1941, just a few hrs after the Pearl Harbor assault, Guam was taken prisoner by the Japs and taken over for two and a half years. The Guamese became victims of coercive labour, tortures, decapitations and rapes during the occupations and were compelled to take over Japan's civilization.
The city was the object of violent battles when US forces reconquered the country on July 21, 1944, a date that was celebrated every year as the Day of Liberation. Guam's second biggest revenue stream is the US Armed Forces.
QUERY: Guatemala World Wars Special Grid Maps - Pacific Ocean H Wars
We are trying to find as much information as possible about the specialized army cards used in the confiscation of Pacific isles. Specifically we work with the Guam Guid charts (11 in the series) from Marine Corps Schools in Quantico, Virginia and The Engineer Map Reproduction Plant (USAFICPA).
They have 20ft contours and are in 1:20,000 aspect ratio in a polyconical polycon. Using these cards in GIS, we try to transfer the Second World War cards to state-of-the-art satellites. In order to do this, we need to know the reference points used by the card makers, etc..
We' re always looking for air photographs from the Second World War, also for use with this technique. This is the 70th centenary of the Battle of Guam (1944), but this GIS is a continuous attempt with the University of Guam to digitalize these battlegrounds for further work.