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Destiny's LandfallA History of Guam, Revised Edition$
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Robert F. Rogers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833343

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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Guam Center of the First Province

Guam Center of the First Province

(p.1) Prologue Guam Center of the First Province
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter presents a historical and geographical overview of Guam and its enduring significance in international affairs. Even in the twenty-first century, Americanized, modern, multiethnic, and still one of the world’s last colonies, Guam continues to fulfill the geopolitical role imposed on it by outsiders centuries ago. In place of Spanish galleons, Guam now serves international airlines, nuclear-powered submarines, space satellites, and all the other creations of modern humans that have followed for good or bad in Magellan’s momentous wake. From here the rest of the chapter discusses the routes Magellan had taken in his voyage which would eventually land him in Guam.

Keywords:   Guam history, colonization, Ferdinand Magellan, Guam geography, international affairs

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