Guamology Publishing is currently selling copies of William Safford’s Useful Plants of Guam.
The Contents of the book include:
Discovery of Guam and its early history
Scientific explorations of the island
Extracts from the archives of Guam relating to its economic history
Physical conditions of Guam
Vegetation of the island
Plant covering according to habitat
Plants of special interest
Dispersal of plants by oceanic currents
Animals of the island
Descriptive catalogue of plants
The book is hardback with dust jacket, 500 page including 69 photos and a map of Guam.
A limited number of books are available for $60.00 plus shipping and handling.
To pre-order please email: email@example.com
About the Author:
In 1905 William Safford produced “Useful Plants of the Island of Guam,” a book that is believed to be the earliest history of Guam originally written and published in English.
He arrived on Guam in 1899 as an aide to the first American Governor of Guam, Capt. Richard Leary. Safford, in fact, functioned more like a Lt. Governor as the Governor Leary told Safford to only consult him in emergencies.
Safford endeared himself to the local population by living among the residents of Agaña and opening his home to them day and night. As a scholar and naturalist, his observations of life and the natural environment of Guam allowed him to contribute greatly to our current knowledge of the past.
His open and generous nature was well received by the local people and he forged great friendships with Padre Palomo and don Juan Torres. Palomo and Torres served as advisors to Safford about local customs, traditions and practices, the Chamorro language, the people and society of Guam.