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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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Twilight of Pax Hispanica 1800–1898

Twilight of Pax Hispanica 1800–1898

(p.84) Chapter 6 Twilight of Pax Hispanica 1800–1898
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter details the last century of Spanish rule in the Marianas. It highlights a succession of governors and international events which further weakened Spain’s grasp on Guam and its other colonies. At the same time the chapter also recounts a surge in Russian and French scientific expeditions into the Pacific, as well as various other foreign encounters within the Marianas and out—particularly its close ties with its sister colony in the Philippines. Other incidents further eroded Spanish control of the Marianas—such as the loss of its colonies in Latin America, natural disasters, and a smallpox epidemic, to name a few. These events, along with the impending tide of American imperialism, would herald the arrival of a second wave of invaders onto Guam’s shores.

Keywords:   Spanish rule, whalers, scientific expeditions, Philippines, Spanish colonies, American invasion

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