– ART PRINT BY DAWN LEE REYES
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This painting depicts the Spanish Galleon that arrived in the Talofofo bay and was greeted by Chamorros in their “Flying Proas”. In July of 1525, Emperor Charles V sent out a fleet of seven ships from Spain under Juan García Jofre de Loaysa bound for the Moluccas with two charts of Magellan’s route. Only one of the seven ships, the Santa María de la Victoria, reached Guam on September 4th, 1526, after a terrible journey during which forty men on the ship died. The Victoria approached the eastern, windward side of the island. It took the Spaniards two days to anchor in the rough surf and exceedingly deep water off of one of Guam’s small windward inlets, now known as Pago, Ylig, and Talo’fo’fo. While attempting to anchor, the Spaniards noticed a fleet of “strange, triangular-sailed canoes speeding out to meet them, manned by tall, brown, and handsome people, naked and smiling with flowing black hair. These “aboriginals” are reported to have swarmed the galleon taking whatever they could carry off. However it is also noted that the natives were very willing to provide desperately needed fresh supplies, which ultimately saved the lives of those sailors suffering from scurvy. The Victoria departed Guam on the 10th of September for the Spice Islands, the crew of which included eleven kidnapped Chamorro men to work the water pumps on the leaky ship