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Destiny's landfall : a history of Guam

Author: Robert F Rogers
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ferdinand Magellan's fateful landfall on Guam, the first inhabited Pacific island known to Europeans, ushered in the age of European exploration in the Pacific and led inexorably to foreign domination of every traditional island society throughout Oceania. In the centuries after Magellan's landing in 1521, Guam became a small green oasis for alien priests, soldiers, traders, pirates, and other expatriates. Destiny's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rogers, Robert F.
Destiny's landfall.
Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, 1995
(OCoLC)653357262
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert F Rogers
ISBN: 0824816781 9780824816780 0824816161 9780824816162
OCLC Number: 30594600
Description: xi, 380 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Aliens 1521-1638 --
The place of before time ancestors 1638-1662 --
Father San Vitores 1662-1672 --
The Spanish conquest 1672-1698 --
Oasis in the ocean 1698-1800 --
Twilight of Pax Hispanica 1800-1898 --
The Anglo Saxon way 1898-1903 --
Ordered tranquility 1903-1918 --
The quest for identity 1918-1941 --
The way of the Samurai 1941-1944 --
Return of the Americans 1944-1945 --
Gibraltar of the American Lake 1945-1950 --
Under the organic act 1950-1970 --
Ocean chrysalis 1970-1980 --
Unfinished quests 1980-1990. Far East Cruise.
Responsibility: Robert F. Rogers.

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Ferdinand Magellan's fateful landfall on Guam, the first inhabited Pacific island known to Europeans, ushered in the age of European exploration in the Pacific and led inexorably to foreign domination of every traditional island society throughout Oceania. In the centuries after Magellan's landing in 1521, Guam became a small green oasis for alien priests, soldiers, traders, pirates, and other expatriates. Destiny's Landfall tells the story of this colorful cavalcade of outsiders and of the indigenous Chamorro people who, in a remarkable feat of resiliency, maintained their language and their identity despite three centuries of colonial domination by three of history's most powerful nation-states: Spain, Japan, and the United States. Today, international airlines, nuclear-powered submarines, and satellite tracking stations have replaced Spanish galleons. But though Americanized, modernized, and multiethnic, Guam continues to fulfill the geopolitical role imposed on it by outsiders. In this comprehensive look at one of the world's last colonies, Robert E. Rogers evokes the dramatic but little-known saga of Guam's people - from the precontact era to Spanish domination, from colonial rule under a U.S. naval government to the massive military invasions of World War II, and on through the booms and busts, the scandals and victories experienced by Guamanians in their still-unfulfilled quest to regain control of their future.

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"A first-rate history of Guam and its Chamorro inhabitants. . . . Fascinating and well written."

 
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