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Guam is the southernmost island in the Mariana islands, the gateway to Micronesia (a general term for western Pacific Ocean). It is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States and lies 5,000 kilometers (3,000 miles) west of Hawaii. Since 1581, Guam had been ruled by Spanish and came under the US control in 1898 after the US-Spanish war. After the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, it was occupied by Japanese soldiers for two and a half years. In 1944, the US regained its control over Guam. In 1950, Guam became part of the US territory and the inhabitants in the island became US citizens. Administered by the US Department of the Interior, the island is now an important strategic place of the US on the Pacific Ocean. The bush-concentrated north Guam is the US Air Force base and south Guam with zigzagged mountains and costal line is the US naval base. The coral reef of Guam embraces the entire island, acting as a natural defense against tsunami. The limpid blue sea water forms many natural swimming pools.

The tropical oceanic climate of Guam is pleasing. Thanks to the environmental protection and support of tourism industry, there are few high-rise buildings on the island. Instead, the island is dotted with many short-column zinc-roof houses and thatched houses with palm tree leaf roof, forming a unique tribe scene. The Guam inhabitants come from various ethnic groups. Of the approximately 170,000 inhabitants, half are Chamorro and the rest stem from Philippine, North Korea, Japan, China and Vietnam. Chamorro has their own culture, which is later deeply influenced by Spain and the US. Today, Guam is a Mega for tourists, many of which come from Japan. The island earns its main income from the tourism industry and the expenditure of the US naval base. Guam is a duty-free port. It produces no farm, fish and husbandry products and mainly relies on import for seafood.


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