Did You Know? Guam

July 26, 2019

The Oldest in the World

Guam, along with the Northern Mariana Islands, is one of the oldest settled Pacific Islands, with archaeological findings dating back 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. The islands are home to ancient monoliths called latte, composed of a pillar (haligi) and a capstone (tasa), that are believed to be the foundations of ancient homes and which today, mark places sacred to Guam’s native inhabitants.

Guam is also the oldest colony in the world, first claimed by Spain in 1565 and then by the United States in 1898. It is listed as one of 17 places on the United Nations’ list of “Non-Self-Governing Territories” in need of decolonization.

Fun fact: there are more than 5,000 coral reef organisms on Guam!

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