Abstract: Tourism, the Environment, and the Military: The Case of Guam, 1962-2002

Mansel G. Blackford


My paper examines relationships among military rule, the development of tourism as a form of economic development, environmental changes, and the rights of indigenous people (the Chamoru or Chamorro) on Guam beteen 1962 and 2002. More specifically, my paper examines the impacts the brown tree snake, an alien specie accidentally introduced to Guam by the U.S. Navy after World War II, has had on the evolution of tourism, how Chamoru and other Guamanians have viewedtheir identities, and the flora and fauna of Guam. The brown tree snake is currently threatening to spread throughout the Pacific, including, among many places, the Hawaiian Islands, with potentially devasting effects. This paper is part of a much longer work I have underway on how people in American-controlled parts of the Pacific have dealt with economic-development and environmental-protection issues since World War II.

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