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Imperial ArchipelagoRepresentation and Rule in the Insular Territories under U.S. Dominion after 1898$
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Lanny Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834012

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834012.001.0001

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Guam: The Ship Metaphor and Military Rule

Guam: The Ship Metaphor and Military Rule

(p.227) Chapter 6 Guam: The Ship Metaphor and Military Rule
Imperial Archipelago

Lanny Thompson

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the establishment of military rule in Guam. While the United States established important naval bases in Hawaii, Cuba, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico, only on Guam did the naval station overwhelm the geographical and social terrain. From the beginning, Guam was not considered to be anything but a naval base: no immigration, no capital investment, no agricultural exports, no manufacturing, and no civil government were contemplated. The military governors treated civilians as auxiliary to the naval station and subordinate to its interests. The official reports consistently described them as friendly and hospitable people who embraced the establishment of the U.S. rule. They were, in effect, reduced to the status of a welcoming committee without any particular culture or historical narrative worthy of consideration. More than in any other site, local culture and politics were effectively treated as matters secondary to military concerns.

Keywords:   military rule, Guam, self-government, naval station, naval bases

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