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Navigating the Spanish LakeThe Pacific in the Iberian World, 1521-1898$
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Rainer F. Buschmann, Edward R. Jr. Slack, and James B. Tueller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838249

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838249.001.0001

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Colonizing the Marianas

Colonizing the Marianas

Spain’s Pacific Empire on Local and Global Scales

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(p.97) Four Colonizing the Marianas
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Navigating the Spanish Lake
Author(s):

Rainer F. Buschmann

Edward R. Slack

James B. Tueller

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838249.003.0005

This chapter examines the changes that occurred on the island of Guam during the Spanish colonial era. In 1521 the native inhabitants of Guam were the first Pacific Islanders to experience contact with Europeans. Despite this early contact, the island of Guam was only a stopover for watering the Manila Galleon on its way from Acapulco. Very few Spaniards stayed more than a few days until 1668, when the Jesuit father Diego Luis de San Vitores convinced Regent Queen Mariana to sponsor a mission among the natives. By the mid-eighteenth century, Guam contained multiple peoples. The many types of Spaniards, native Chamorro indios, Tagalogs, Pampangans, and American natives created a diverse culture within the confines of a small island microcosm. The missionary labors of the Jesuits and the institution of a Spanish administration transformed Chamorro life.

Keywords:   Guam, Spain, Spaniards, Chamorro, Jesuits, missionaries

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