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Guam: Caribbean Overseas Island of U.S.

Presently, Guam is the territory of U.S but its history comprises of various invasions. The first invaders came from the western countries around 1521 followed by the Spanish invaders in 1565 that colonized Guam in the year 1668 particularly for easy facilitation of trade between Mexico and Philippines. Also, during the World War II, Japan invaded it owing to its strategic position. And again in the year 1944 it got annexed, this time by U.S forces. Now it is governed by 15-member legislature including U.S. representatives. Guam is divided into 19 villages and its economy is primarily derived through tourism.

Guam Fast Facts :

  • National Name : Territory of Guam
  • National Capital : Hagatna (Agana)
  • Total Area : 541.3 sq km
  • Total Population : 175,877 (July 2008 est.)
  • Ethnic races : Chamorro 37.1%, Filipino 26.3%, other Pacific islander 11.3%, white 6.9%, other Asian 6.3%, other ethnic origin or race 2.3%, mixed 9.8% (2000 census)
  • Religions : Roman Catholic 85%, other 15% (1999 est.)
  • Currency : US dollar
  • GDP per capita (PPP) : $15,000 (2005 est.)
  • Languages : English 38.3%, Chamorro 22.2%, Philippine languages 22.2%, other Pacific island languages 6.8%, Asian languages 7%, other languages 3.5% (2000 census)
  • Life expectancy : 72 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
  • Literacy Rate : 99% (1990 est.)

Guam Geography, Climate and Economy :

The Terrain of Guam is largely of volcanic origin circumscribed by coral reefs. It also comprises of low-lying plateaus made of limestone, which is also a resource for fresh water. In the northern region it consists of steep coastal cliffs that are narrower in size, while the central part consists of low rising hills along with a mountainous southern part.

The climate of Guam is basically Tropical and Marine. Usually the climate remains warm and humid along with the blowing of northeast trade winds that moderate the extreme temperature. From the months of January to June there is a dry season followed by the rainy season in the months of July to December. However, the temperature varies seasonally.

Guam's economy is largely dependent on Tourism consisting of aquatic wildlife and fishing which is not very developed. Other than this, the economy is largely derived from U.S military expenses. Guam imports food and industrial goods from U.S, which accounts to 75% of its total imports.

Culture and Cuisine of Guam:

The indigenous culture of Guam consists of traditional dances, music, cuisine and artistic artworks having Spanish influences. The native music comprises of Chamorro chants and a Chamorro poetry called Kantan Chamorrita along with the musical instrument called belembaotuyan. Besides this, the cultural heritage of Guam is depicted through its rich architecture, which upholds the remnants of its past colonial history.

The Guamian cuisine bears striking similarity to Philippines as both were once colonized by Spain. The common dishes include red rice, with achiote and onions. One of the popular native dish is chicken kelaguen along with shrimp fritters, lumpia and pancit. Latiya, is one of the popular Guamian dessert garnished with cinnamon on the top.

Guam Tourist Attractions :

Guam offers a plethora of tourist sites besides various entertainments like water sports on the islands including scuba diving, yachting or surfing. Hagatna, the capital city of Guam incorporates the remnants of Spanish influences in the form of building remains. Also it comprises of Plaza De Espana and the old stone bridges. The homes and villages in the southern part of Guam depict the intricate architectural designs having Spanish influences.

Some Other Tourist Sites are :

  • Talofofo Falls
  • Joseph Flores Beach Park
  • Padre San Vitores Shrine
  • Sella Bay
  • Merizo Pier Park
  • Merizo Bell Tower (Kampanayun Malesso)
  • Yokoi's Cave
  • Inarajan Village

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