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1. Guam is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. They are part of the Mariana Islands. The inhabitants of Guam are called Guamanians, and they are American citizens by birth. During the Spanish–American War, the United States captured Guam on June 21, 1898. Under the Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded Guam to the United States on December 10, 1898.
2. Guam’s American colleagues, the Northern Mariana Islands, lie close at hand – a 128-mile hop to the north-east. But Tokyo is a rather larger leap of 1,570 miles over the horizon. Los Angeles? That’s 6,086 miles distant. London? That’s 7,476 miles, and a couple of changes of planes away.
3. Guam is not so remotely placed that it was beyond the telescopes and wanderlust of the great European explorers. In fact,
the greatest of them all, Fernando Magellan, spotted it on the first voyage of circumnavigation. While Magellan is often credited as the first man to sail around the world, he was killed en route, dying in a pitched battle with locals in the Philippines on April 27 1521. Guam was effectively the final friendly place Magellan saw before coming to what was a very sticky end.
4. Shoichi Yokoi did not surrender until January 24 1972, having concealed himself deep in the island’s jungle near the southerly village of Talofofo. He had spent the 28 years since America’s recapture of Guam living in an underground cave – despite the fact that, he later revealed, he had learned that the war was over in 1952, but was afraid to declare himself.
5. Guam’s capital is Hagatna. It sits roughly midway along the north-west coast.
6. Guam is the closest landmass to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the planet – which sinks all the way to 10,994m below sea level. Apra Harbor, on the west coast, is home to a number of accessible shipwrecks. These include the SMS Cormoran, a German merchant trader which sank during the First World War – and the Tokai Maru, a Japanese freighter that was sunk by an American submarine on August 27 1943. Curiously, these two vessels touch on the seabed.
7. Guam is pretty popular. So much so that, according to figures from the World Trade Organization, there are almost eight (7.9, to be precise) visitors to Guam for every resident. This is a similar ratio to the British Virgin Islands (12.8) and Monaco (8.7). Guam’s population, for the record, is 162,742. Would you believe the fact that Guam does not have sand? Yes, this is true! What you see on the beaches is coral, not sand. Paved roads in Guam are also made by mixing coral and cement together.
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