The Exotic American Island No One Knows About

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5. Guam was taken over by Japan during World War II.

Talk about a tumultuous history! For 3 years, from December of 1941 to July of 1944, the island of Guam was encamped by invading Japanese soldiers. The soldiers renamed the island ‘Omiya Jima’ which meant ‘Great Shrine Island’. America finally liberated the country in 1944 and it has been an American territory ever since.

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