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The Territory of Guam Guahan グアム準州
Flag of Guam
(In Detail) (In Detail)
Territorial motto: Where America's Day Begins
Official languages English, Chamorro
Unofficial languages Japanese (used in business transactions), Tagalog (used in conversation)
Capital Hagåtņa
Chief of state George W. Bush
Governor Felix Perez Camacho
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked 202nd
549 kmē
 - Total (2003)
 - Density
Ranked N/A
163,941 (July 2003 est.)
Independence none (territory of the USA)
Currency US dollar (USD)
Time zone UTC+10 (no DST)
National anthem Fanoghe Chamorro
Internet TLD .gu
Calling Code 1-671

The Territory of Guam (Guahan in Chamorro) is an island in the Western Pacific Ocean and is an organized unincorporated territory of the United States. The capital is Hagåtņa, formerly Agana (pronounced Agaņa). Guam's economy is mainly supported by tourism (90% of all visitors come from Japan) and United States armed forces bases. One of the closest American territories to the International Date Line, Guam is referred to by many as "where America's day begins", and as such, has become the territorial motto for the island.

The island is also known as a prominent example for the disastrous effects of bioinvasion: A stowaway on US troop transport ships at the end of World War II, the slightly venomous, but rather harmless, brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) came from the Philippines to Guam and killed almost the entire native bird population on the previously snake-free island. This snake has no natural predators on the island; nowadays, Guam is one of the areas with the highest snake density in the world (an estimated 2,000 snakes/kmē).

Apra Harbor from the air
Apra Harbor from the air

Guam is served by Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport.

See: List of Guam Governors

From the CIA World Factbook 2000:

External links

  • Official Guam Webpage
  • Guampedia
  • US Library of Congress - Portals to the World
  • Maps - Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection
  • Map of Micronesia
  • myMicroneia/Guam section
  • Jane's Guam Home Page

Map of Guam
Map of Guam

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Insular areas American Samoa | Baker Island | Guam | Howland Island | Jarvis Island | Johnston Atoll | Kingman Reef | Midway Atoll | Navassa Island | Northern Mariana Islands | Palmyra Atoll | Puerto Rico | Virgin Islands | Wake Island

Last updated: 02-02-2005 23:10:30
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