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Hagåtña (; Chamorro pronunciation: [hæˈɡɑtɲæ]; formerly in English: Agana , in Spanish: Agaña, and in Japanese: ハガニア) is the capital village of the United States territory of Guam. From the 18th through mid-20th century, it was Guam's population center, but today it is the second smallest of the island's 19 villages in both area and population.

However, it remains one of the island's major commercial districts in addition to being the seat of government. "Hagåt" (also romanized as haga', with a glottal stop instead of a syllable-final "t") means "blood" in the Chamorro language. The suffix "-ña" can be translated as either the possessive pronouns his, hers or its in English (cognate to -nya in Malay), or a signification of greater comparative degree, similar to some uses of the English suffix "-er". There is much speculation that the natives originally migrated from the village of Agat/Hagåt. Therefore, "Hagåtña" can be translated "his or her blood" possibly meaning "related to him, her or it", or it could be translated to what might roughly mean "more Hagåt", as in, an extension of the village of Hagåt. It could also mean "better Hagåt", or "more than, surpassing or superior to Hagåt" in a sense of being "more Hagåt than Hagåt itself".

Country:
Guam
Region:
Oceania
Population:
45,000 people
Safe tap water:
No, contaminated
Internet speed:
3 Mbps
Best wireless carrier:
Power:
115V60Hz
Ambulance:
911
Fire department:
911
Police:
911

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