Thursday, July 18, 2013


Rota's Catholic Church during German times

Georg Fritz, the German district administrator for the Northern Marianas, visited Luta (Rota) from time to time as part of his official duties.

He describes how the Chamorros in Rota quickly learned German songs and European dances.  Some dances, perhaps, were known since Spanish times and others through German contact.

The Chamorros knew how to dance the waltz, polka, the Rheinländer and the Française.

Besides that, German patriotic songs were also being sung in the Catholic church!

Here's one of the German patriotic hymns Fritz said were sung at church in Luta (Rota) :

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