History Of Influences On Guam

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Joshua F. Mendiola
Professor J. Wyble
Final Research Paper
History of Influences on Guam “Guam is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States” (World Atlas). The island has been around for a very long time and has been through two wars, Spanish-American War and World War II, involving the United States Military. Although this island is just 30 miles long and 12 miles wide, it has been claimed and conquered by three different nations Spain, United States, and Japan. Guam’s first part of history was when Ferdinand Magellan passed through the island on March 6, 1521. With the Spanish knowing what Guam has to offer, 44 years later Spain claimed the island in 1565 and was beginning to be colonized in 1668. According to the website of Destination 360, “Guam was in perfect position to become a resting place for Spanish traders traveling between Mexico and the Philippines, and served this purpose until 1898” (Destination 360). In 1898, the Treaty of Paris was signed which gave Guam over to the United States. The U.S. had Guam for quite a while until Japan struck on December 8, 1941, a few hours after Pearl Harbor was attacked. This attack started World War II, which I believe the attack of Pearl Harbor was a decoy to invade and take over the island of Guam. The Liberation of Guam was in July, when the United States Military fought three hard years against the Japanese to claim back the island in 1944. With all that has gone down in history, has Guam’s past
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