Guamanian PeopleY Guamanian
Guam's Chamorro People History & Culture
Guam, the biggest and most southern of the Marianas, has a singular and comprehensive culture histor. Guam is situated in the western Pacific in the geographical Micronesia area and is known for its strategically important location, both militarily and economically, between Asia and the Americas, but is less known for its rich past and its people.
Inhabitated for millennia, archeological proofs show that the Marianas Islands were one of the first places where seafarers, possibly from the island of Southeast Asia, established themselves over 4000 years ago. Marianas seem to have been constantly manned by people who share the same civilization and languages that finally became known as Chamorro.
Spain, the United States and Japan. Chamorros's assignment of Guam to the United States as non-incorporated territories after the Spanish-American War of 1898 brought Chamorros into the basic democracy of the US federal system and contemporary US lifestyles, while remaining the subject of a sometimes repressive US naval system. It also had a one-of-a-kind location during World War II, when Japan raided the country just after the December 1941 Pearl Harbor war.
Guam was the only US territories invaded by Jap troops for the next three years until the Americans came back in 1944 to reconquer the Isle. Manoeuvres after the Second World-War and reconstruction after the conflict resulted in an even stronger extension of US interests in Guam and the remainder of Micronesia, with Guam becoming a platform for economical and trade developments.
Loosening security constraints on entry to Guam and the creation of a civil society has made the country an excellent place for people from all over the globe to attend classes, go to schools, find work or pursuit a wide range of business interests. Today, Guam has a multi-faceted people who enjoy a wealthy, multi-cultural, modern as well as urbane way of life, but still bear the native mind, languages and cultur.