Guam (US Territory), Guam

Guam is the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands in Micronesia. Its location near the International Dateline results in its unofficial motto “Where America’s Day Begins.” Guam is a U.S. territory and Guamanian natives are U.S. citizens. The predominant ethnic and cultural group are called Chamorros, who derive from indigenous, American, Spanish, Filipino, other Micronesian and Mexican ancestry. The island has been a key stopping point of navigation since the days of the Spanish Manila Galleons, and has figured in global conflicts throughout its history, being still today an important U.S. military outpost. Tourism is an important element of the economy, with many Guamanians practicing traditional crafts such as weaving plant materials into mats, hats, decorative items and other items of clothing. Interesting sites on the islands include the Two Lovers’ Point overlook and the Dulce Nombre de Maria cathedral. Fishing, swimming and snorkeling are popular pastimes for visitors.