The Capture of Guam Was Bloodless and Quick, All Due to a Misunderstanding


Captain Henry Glass Monument at Gap Gap Beach on the Island of Guam, U.S.A. Richard White / Getty Images

Located about 1500 miles to the east of the Phillipines in Micronesia, Guam is a small US territory with a tiny population, beautiful beaches and an incredibly complicated history. For almost four centuries it was a colonial possession of Spain -- but that all changed in 1898, when Guam, in a strange series of misunderstandings, became a possession of the American government. So what exactly happened? Join Ben and Noel as they explore the bloodless, somewhat ridiculous, capture of Guam.