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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 University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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The Place of Before Time Ancestors 1638–1662

The Place of Before Time Ancestors 1638–1662

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(p.22) Chapter 2 The Place of Before Time Ancestors 1638–1662
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Destiny's Landfall
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Robert F. Rogers

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.003.0002

This chapter investigates the precontact culture of the Chamorros and the natural ecosystem of the Mariana Islands prior to invasion by the Spaniards in 1668. It charts the geological beginnings of the Islands as well as the migration and settlement patterns of its people, before focusing primarily on Chamorro culture. The characteristics and customs of the Chamorros as described by early European visitors were not strikingly different from those of many other traditional cultures of island peoples of the Pacific. But two developments of precontact Chamorro culture were distinctive: first, the sophistication of their proas—outrigger canoes—and, second, the use of large, uniquely shaped stone pillars, called latte in Chamorro, as foundations for their most prominent buildings.

Keywords:   Chamorro culture, precontact culture, Mariana Islands, proas, latte, ancient Chamorros, natural ecosystem

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