Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Two men with possible Chamorro identities, involved in a stabbing, in Marin County, Califronia, in 1890.

Sounds unimaginable.

But I guess our forebears got around, especially by sea.

Vicente Pangelinan and Antonio Lujan were drinking with a woman at the Mailliard Ranch in San Geronimo, California, about 8 miles distant from Novato.

They are described as Portuguese, but American newspapers often misidentified Chamorros as Spaniards or Portuguese. We know that Pangelinan is a common Chamorro (and Filipino) name, and that many Chamorros also have the Spanish Lujan surname. The account says that Lujan was a seafaring man. So, we have strong reason to suspect that these two men were Chamorros who made it to San Francisco, as Chamorros often did, by way of the whaling ships which they joined.

Well, apparently, the drink got to at least Lujan, who struck the woman. Pangelinan rose to her defense, and Lujan stabbed Pangelinan with his pocket knife. Six inches deep.

Lujan fled and, at the time of these reports, was still at large. It was feared Pangelinan would not survive his wounds.

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