A Chamorro from Guam drawn by an artist on the
which arrived on Guam
February 12, 1792
Alejandro Malaspina was an Italian, born into the provincial nobility. Parts of Italy were then ruled by Spain, and he entered into service in the Spanish Navy. He undertook voyages around the world, taking artists and scholars with him to record their findings in various lands, from botany to local culture to animal life. Thanks to these people, we have artistic sketches and some information about life on Guam in 1792.