The Rebirth of Historic Hagåtña

May 2, 2016 John Calvo

The history of Hagåtña reveals a rich, vibrant past where the powerful and influential lived, and where colonial powers, first the Spanish and then the Americans, established their seats of government. Hagåtña was the center of commerce, culture, social, and military life in Guam.

The city’s name is derived from the Chamorro word “haga” meaning blood, perhaps a reference to the family bloodlines that established the original village, according to research website Guampedia. Archaeological evidence suggests the area may have been inhabited as far back as 3500 years ago, but very little is known about that time.

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