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History
Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer in the service of Spain, landed at Umatac Bay, Guam, in 1521.

Guam and the other Mariana Islands were claimed by Spain in the sixteenth century.

Guam was ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Paris in 1898 at the end of the Spanish American War.

The Northern Mariana Islands were sold to Germany.

Economy
The economy of Guam is dependent on the US military base and the tourist industry.

Other industries include trans-shipment services, construction, concrete products, printing, publishing, textiles, fishing and food processing.

A significant percentage of the population works in the agriculture sector. Agricultural products include fruits, vegetables, copra, meat and dairy products. (2011)

Arts
The indigenous inhabitants of Guam are the Chamorro. Crafts include coconut leaf weaving and pandanus leaf weaving.

Chamorro legends are enacted in traditional dances.

The Spanish influence can be seen at fiestas which are enjoyed by all Guamanians.

Sport
Team sports include football, rugby, baseball, basketball and volleyball.

Water sports are snorkelling and scuba diving. Guam is also popular for deep sea fishing.

Holidays
All religious holidays are celebrated. Discovery Day is in March (1521).

News
News from Guam is available from Newslink.

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