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Francisco Olive y Garcia, Translated and Annotated by: Marjorie G. Driver
This report written by Governor Francisco Olive contains his insights about the social,
political, and economic conditions of the Marianas. He focuses on the underdevelopment
of the islands and draws the Spanish Government to look back at the colony’s history,
specifically the second half of the 19th century. The report reflects the colonial
mentality of Olive, who stresses the responsibility of the Spanish Government to the
inhabitants of the Marianas, leaving unchallenged the right of Spain to maintain its
sovereignty over the islands.
Marjorie G. Driver was an Associate Professor of Spanish and the Curator of the Spanish
Documents Collection at the Micronesian Area Research Center, of which she is a founding
member. With roots in the Eastern United States, she spent her childhood in Puerto
Rico, is a graduate of Russell Sage and Middlebury Colleges and a long time resident
of Guam. She taught in Guam’s high schools, was the principal at St. John’s School,
and was a faculty member of the University of Guam. She has published numerous articles
and English translations of historical materials concerning the lengthy Spanish presence
in the Mariana Islands.
Distributed by the Richard F. Taitano Micronesia Area Research Center/ MARC EducationalSeries No. 28
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