- Title Pages
- Maps and Tables
- Prologue Guam Center of the First Province
- Chapter 1 Aliens 1521–1638
- Chapter 2 The Place of Before Time Ancestors 1638–1662
- Chapter 3 Father San Vitores 1662–1672
- Chapter 4 The Spanish Conquest 1672–1698
- Chapter 5 Oasis in the Ocean 1698–1800
- Chapter 6 Twilight of Pax Hispanica 1800–1898
- Chapter 7 The Anglo-Saxon Way 1898–1903
- Chapter 8 Ordered Tranquility 1903–1918
- Chapter 9 The Quest for Identity 1918–1941
- Chapter 10 The Way of the Samurai 1941–1944
- Chapter 11 Return of the Americans 1944–1945
- Chapter 12 Gibraltar of the American Lake 1945–1950
- Chapter 13 Under the Organic Act 1950–1970
- Chapter 14 Ocean Chrysalis 1970–1980
- Chapter 15 Unfinished Quests 1980–1990
- Chapter 16 Recession 1990–2003
- Epilogue Guam A Neocolonial Anachronism
- Appendix Chief Executives of Guam 1668–2007
- About the Author
- Production Notes
- (p.6) Chapter 1 Aliens 1521–1638
- Destiny's Landfall
Robert F. Rogers
- University of Hawai'i Press
This chapter describes the initial contact between the Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the Mariana Islands. It begins with Magellan’s 1521 encounter with the islanders, which would set a precedent that became a tragic pattern in later Spanish–Chamorro relations. The great cultural differences in the values and behavior of the two sides led repeatedly to hostility and armed conflict. At the same time tensions arose between Spain and Portugal over a dispute regarding access to the Moluccas, setting off a wave of European explorers into the far Pacific and an age of exploration and conquest that would extend itself to Magellan’s final destination—the Philippines.
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