Capital: Hagåtña
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Facts & Statistics

Population 2015 161,785
Unemployed 2015 6.9
The Mariana Islands were claimed by Spain in the sixteenth century when Ferdinand Magellan landed on Guam on March 6, 1521. The islands were then named after Queen Mariana, the mother of Charles II of Spain.
Guam came under U.S. occupation in 1898, under the Treaty of Paris.
Latte stones are unique to the Marianas archipelago. They were huge stone supports for the ancient Chamorro houses. Today they are monuments to a culture that thrived and survived on its own before any connection with the East or West became reality.