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Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands

Situated on opposite sides of the globe, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands are connected by their dependency status as organized, unincorporated territories of the United States. Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands, an arc of volcanic islands located in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, with Japan to the north and New Guinea to the south. The U.S. Virgin Islands include Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas, and their surrounding minor islands, which are located east of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea. The U.S. federal government maintains policy relations with the territorial governments through the Office of Insular Affairs under the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Archaeologists believe that the Mariana Islands were inhabited for several thousand years prior to the ...

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