Guam has a great history which lies steeped in tradition and exotic culture. Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands chain, and has a unique and complex cultural history. Guam is strategically positioned between the continents of Asia and North America, and archaeological evidence indicates that these Islands were one of the first places to be settled by seafaring peoples, possibly from Island Southeast Asia, over 4000 years ago. Having been continuously occupied by people who shared the same culture and language, this tribe eventually became known as Chamorro.
Post the Spanish-American war in 1898, Guam was ceded to the United States as an unincorporated territory and thus introduced the Chamorros to democratic principles of government and the modern American lifestyle. Guam also had a unique position in World War II, when Japan invaded the island shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. For the next three years, Guam was the only US territory occupied by Japanese forces until the Americans returned in 1944 to reclaim the island.
The Chamorros continued to create their identity on the Island by way of their unique culture, cuisine and way of living, in perfect harmony with nature. The language and indigenous spirit of the tribe continues to interest tourists from across the globe, thereby carving a niche in the tourism industry of the pacific island nation. Today, Guam has a diverse population that enjoys a rich, multicultural, modern and urban lifestyle, yet continues to carry the indigenous spirit, language and culture of its people.
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