Exploring Hagatna & Asan, Guam

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Exploring Hagatna & Asan, Guam
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Agana Shopping Center Hagatna Guam
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Hagåtña
Agana / Agaña
Village
Skyline view of modern Hagåtña as seen from Fort Apugan, which overlooks the town
Modern Hagåtña as seen Fort Santa Agueda
Location of Hagåtña (Agana) within the Territory of Guam
Location of Hagåtña (Agana) within the Territory of Guam
Coordinates: 13°28′45″N 144°45′00″E / 13.47917°N 144.75000°E / 13.47917; 144.75000
Country United States
Territory Guam
Government
 • Mayor John A. Cruz
Area
 • Total 1 sq mi (3 km2)
Population (2000 [1])
 • Total 1,100
Time zone ChST (UTC+10)
ZIP codes 96910, 96932 (PO Box)
Area code(s) 671

Hagåtña (pronounced [həˈɡɑtɲə] ), formerly English Agana /əˈɡɑːnjə/ and in Spanish Agaña, is the capital of the United States territory of Guam. It is the island's second smallest village in both area and population. From the 18th through mid 20th century, it was Guam's population center. Today, it remains one of the island's major commercial districts in addition to being the seat of government.

Etymology[edit]

"Hagåt" (also romanized as haga', with a glottal stop instead of a syllable-final "t") means "blood" in the Chamorro language. The suffix "-ña" can be translated as either the possessive pronouns his, hers or its in English, or a signification of greater comparative degree, similar to some uses of the English suffix "-er". There is much speculation that the natives originally migrated from the village of Agat/Hagåt. Therefore, "Hagåtña" can be translated "his or her blood" possibly meaning "related to him, her or it", or it could be translated to what might roughly mean "more Hagåt", as in, an extension of the village of Hagåt. It could also mean "better Hagåt", or "more than, surpassing or superior to Hagåt" in a sense of being "more Hagåt than Hagåt itself". In 1998, the Guam Legislature changed the name from "Agana" back to the original Chamorro/Chamoru form. However, the name of the neighboring village Agana Heights, remains unchanged.

Geography[edit]

Hagåtña is located at the mouth of the Hagåtña River on Guam's west coast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1 square mile (2.6 km²). The village is bounded by the sandy beaches of Agana Bay to the north, the Agana River and associated wetlands to the east, and a cliff (above which is the village of Agana Heights) to the South. Several high-rise office buildings are in the center of the village, while the western portion of the city known as Anigua is more residential. Unlike many villages, central Hagåtña is divided into city blocks with shops and small restaurants throughout the center of the village. Highly populated residential areas in the villages of Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Sinajana, and Agana Heights surround Hagåtña.

History[edit]

Photo of Agana taken before World War II.

Hagåtña was a prominent village before Guam's colonization by the Spanish. In 1668, the first Spanish missionary, Padre San Vitores arrived on the island. The family of Chief Kepuha donated land in Hagåtña enabling San Vitores to build the first church (Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica) on Guam.

Under Spanish rule, much of the indigenous population of Guam and other Mariana Islands was forced to relocate to the city. The remains of buildings from the Spanish administration can be seen in the Plaza de España located beside the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Agana. The remains of the Spanish Governor's Palace is here and is closer to the Department of Education than the Cathedral.

After Guam was ceded by Spain to the United States in the Spanish-American War of 1898, 'Agana' remained the seat of government under U.S. Naval Administration. By 1940, the city's population had grown to about 10,000 containing nearly half of the island's residents.

Guam was captured by Japanese forces on December 8, 1941. During Guam's 1944 liberation from the Japanese during World War II, the city was heavily damaged by U.S. naval bombardment. Many former residents settled in other parts of Guam after the war. As part of Guam's reconstruction plan, the U.S. Navy constructed new straight city streets that passed through existing lots and created many plots of land with multiple owners. This has hindered the development of the city to the present day. In December 1944 Guam was the scene of the Agana race riot, between black and white servicemen stationed on the island.

Today, despite a resident population of only 1,100 (less than 1% of Guam's total), the city remains the seat of the territorial government. Its historic sites are major attractions for visitors. Hagåtña is served by Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Tamuning and Barrigada.

Culture[edit]

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagåtña, faced by a statue of Pope John Paul II.

As Guam's historic population and administrative center, many traditional celebrations take place in Hagåtña. On December 8, Santa Marian Kamalen, Patroness of the Mariana Islands, is honored by a procession where a statue of the patroness is pulled on a cart amid the prayers of thousands of the island's Catholics [2]. Guam's most celebrated patriotic holiday, Liberation Day is on July 21. The annual Liberation Day Parade takes place on Marine Corps Drive in Hagåtña. In addition to the historic sites at the Plaza de España and the Basilica, Latte Stone Park and the Chamorro Village shopping area offer further information about the island's history and culture.

The seal of Guam depicts Agana Bay

Diplomatic missions[edit]

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is located in Suite 505 of the Bank of Guam Building.[1]

Infrastructure and government[edit]

The island's capital, the legislature, the governor's office and other government offices are located in Hagåtña. The Government House (Chamorro: Guma I Taotao Guam), traditionally the governor's official residence, is situated above the cliff but technically within the city limit of Hagåtña. Adelup, now home of the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor’s Complex since 1990, was once part of Asan-Maina before being annexed into Hagåtña so that Hagåtña remains the seat of the Government of Guam.

The Guam Department of Corrections operates the Hagåtña Detention Facility in Hagåtña.[2]

Notable federal government agencies in Hagåtña include the District Court of Guam at 520 West Soledad Avenue,[3] the United States Attorney at Sirena Plaza, 108 Hernan Cortez, Suite 500,[4] and the United States Postal Service Post Office at 223 West Chalan Santo Papa.[5]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Hagåtña is twinned with:

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The Guam Public School System serves the entire island of Guam.

Hagåtña residents are zoned to:

Private schools[edit]

Private schools in Hagåtña include:

Public libraries[edit]

Guam Public Library System operates the Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library at 254 Martyr Street in Hagåtña.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us." Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Los Angeles. Retrieved on February 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "Prison Security." Guam Department of Corrections. Retrieved on May 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "District Court of Guam."
  4. ^ "United States Attorneys Offices Contact Information."
  5. ^ "Post Office Location - HAGATNA." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 4, 2008.
  6. ^ "Sister Cities, Public Relations". Guadalajara municipal government. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sister Cities". Local Government of Quezon City. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20060222192437/http://www.lk4kids.com/school+links.htm
  9. ^ http://gpls.guam.gov/Portals/50/GPLS_LOC/GPLS_Location_2007Apr12.xml
  10. ^ Leon-Guerrero, Jillette (9 August 2010). "Guam Leaders from 1899-1904". Guampedia. Guam: University of Guam. Archived from the original on 20 October 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  • Rogers, Robert F (1995). Destiny's Landfall: A History of Guam: University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 0-8248-1678-1
  • Carter, Lee D; Carter, Rosa Roberto; Wuerch, William L (1997). Guam History: Perspectives Volume One: MARC. ISBN 1-878453-28-9
  • Sanchez, Pedro C. Guahan, Guam: The History of our Island: Sanchez Publishing House.
  • (1996) Kinalamten Pulitikat: Sinenten I Chamorro: Issues in Guam's Political Development: The Chamorro Perspective: The Political Status Education Coordinating Commission. ISBN 1-883488-03-6

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 13°29′N 144°45′E / 13.483°N 144.750°E / 13.483; 144.750

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