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Guam (pronounced /ˈɡwɑːm/; Chamorro: Guåhån) is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the westernmost point and territory of the U.S., and the largest of the Mariana Islands chain.


The name Guam is derived from the indigenous Chamorro word Guåhån, which translates to "we have" in English. The exact origin of the name is unknown, but it is believed to have been used by the indigenous Chamorro people for centuries before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.

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  • Chamorro people: The indigenous people of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Mariana Islands: A chain of volcanic islands in the western Pacific Ocean, to which Guam belongs.
  • United States: The country that Guam is a territory of.
  • Pacific Ocean: The ocean where Guam is located.
  • Territory: A region that is governed by a country but is not considered to be fully part of that country.

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