Why does the US own Guam?

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asked Sep 28, 2022 in Other Travel by OGhouston (1,360 points)
Why does the US own Guam?

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answered Oct 11, 2022 by Ameristands (4,390 points)
The US owns Guam because during the Spanish–American War, the United States captured Guam on June 21, 1898.

Under the Treaty of Paris, signed December 10, 1898, Spain ceded Guam to the U.S. effective April 11, 1899.

The cost to live in Guam is around $2,000.00 to $3,500 per month for a single person.

In most cases you can live off base in Guam although E-4's and below without dependents are required to live on base although exceptions have been made lately because of a shortage of dormitory rooms on base.

You can stay in Guam for 90 days if you're not a US citizen although if you're a US citizen you can stay in Guam for how long you want to stay there.

Travelers visiting Guam who are nationals of countries participating in the visa waiver program (Guam-CNMI VWP) may stay in Guam for up to 45 days without visas.

Furthermore, those who apply for ESTA may stay in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) for up to 90 days.

You can fly to Guam or enter Guam without a passport if you're a US citizen.

If you're from another country outside the US then you need a passport to enter Guam but US citizens can enter Guam without a passport because Guam is part of the US.

You can live in Guam as a US citizen.

Because Guam is actually a part of the US you don't need any special paperwork or have to do anything special to move from another US state to Guam.

All you have to do is change your address and update your drivers license, ID etc to Guam.

The kind of people that live in Guam are multi ethnic and multi racial .

Chamorros are the largest ethnic group that live in Guam while Filipinos make up around 26 percent and white people make up the other 6.8 percent.

And also Pacific Islanders comprise 11.5 percent of Guams population.

The race that people from Guam are are called Chamorros and are of Malayo Indonesian descent with a considerable admixture of Spanish, Filipino, Mexican, and other European and Asian ancestries.

U.S. citizens can buy and own property in Guam as there's no restrictions on foreign ownership of property.

Investing in real estate in Guam is a solid decision–or at least that's what the numbers say.

The market has seen some price growth, but prices are still relatively affordable compared to other markets across the country.

People who are born in Guam are U.S. citizens.

Any person born in any of the fifty states, Guam, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands is an American Citizen at birth, under the principle of jus soli, regardless of the nationality.

US troops are in Guam because Guam is the first response location for activity in Asia, and many troops pass through on their way to the Middle East.

Naval Forces Marianas is one of the twelve military facilities established under the command of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure commission.

The new base is a mixture of Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base.

Guam makes money from tourists revenue and spending as well as US Military Spending which is what the Guam economy depends on.

Tourism is Guam's single largest industry, generating $1.4 billion annually and representing sixty percent (60%) of Guam's annual business revenue.

The industry employs over 18,000 island residents or 31% of non-federal employment.

Guam is not rich although Guam is also not very poor either.

However most people in Guam have a pretty low income but Guam does bring in pretty decent income from tourists.

So Guam is in the middle of being rich and being poor.

Guam does not get too hot during the summer and average summer temperatures in Guam are 90 F which is pretty tolerable when compared to 100 F or higher that some places reach.

Average daily temperatures in Guam are 82 F and Guam has 2 main seasons.

Guam is much smaller than Hawaii as Hawaii is 31 times bigger than Guam.

Guam is much smaller than Hawaii, both in terms of landmass and population.

Guam covers 209 square miles (541 km2), while Hawaii covers 10,931 square miles.

Guam is worth visiting and it's a great place to get away on a family vacation or go for a honeymoon.

Guam has a lot to offer it's tourists and is a very nice place to visit and spend time in.

Guam is best known for it's crystal clear ocean waters and for it's white sand beaches.

Guam is a great travel destination for anyone looking to get away including divers, families and honeymooners.

Guam Island is known for its natural beauty.

Especially the beaches in the island are quite striking.

It is a great holiday destination with its white beaches and sunshine.

You can come here and enjoy the sea, sand and sunshine.

'Where the American day begins' is the most popular slogan of Guam as this island is the first place where the sun rises on American soil.

The National bird of Guam is the Guam rail.

Guam is known as the largest island of the Mariana Islands in the North Pacific Ocean.

500 A.D. Chamorro people, of Malay origin, migrated to Guam.

1521 Ferdinand Magellan, of Portugal, called it “Isla de Ladrones” (Island of Thieves) because islanders took whatever they could from his ship as payment for the food and water they had given the crew.

Chamorros are the indigenous people of the Mariana Islands of which Guam is the largest and southernmost on an island chain.

Entry requirements for Guam are the same as for any U.S. destination.

Although U.S. citizens are required to possess a U.S. passport, on a case-by-case basis, photo I.D. and proof of citizenship may be accepted.

In general, citizens of most other countries must have a valid passport with a U.S. visa.

Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific.

Guam is distinguished by tropical beaches, Chamorro villages and ancient latte-stone pillars.

Guam’s WWII significance is on view at the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, whose sites include Asan Beach, a former battlefield.

The island’s Spanish colonial heritage is evident in Fort Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, atop a bluff in Umatac.

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