Hurao

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Engraving showing the murder of San Vitores by Mata'pang (right) and Hurao (left).

Hurao was a Chamorro chief on the island of Guam who led the resistance against Spanish colonization efforts during the 17th century. The chief's name means "emotion, caring, attention, heed". Hurao may be best remembered for his 1671 speech to Chamorro warriors opposing the Spanish presence on Guam.

He organized a 40-day siege of the Spanish Mission in Agana that was finally broken by Spanish soldiers. Hurao was captured, but released by Father San Vitores.

According to Russell's account of Father San Vitores' death, however, Hurao was in fact an accomplice to Matapang's 1672 murder of the priest.[1]

Hurao was a member of the Matao/Chamorri, the highest caste in Chamorro society and held the title maga'lahi.

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  1. ^ Russell, S. (1998). Tiempon i manmofo'na: Ancient Chamorro culture and history of the Northern Mariana Islands. Micronesian Archaeological Survey: Division of Historical Preservation.
  • Rogers, Robert F (1995). Destiny's Landfall: A History of Guam: University of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 0-8248-1678-1
  • Russell, S. (1998). Tiempon i manmofo'na: Ancient Chamorro culture and history of the Northern Mariana Islands. Micronesian Archaeological Survey No. 32: Division of Historic Preservation. ISBN 1-878453-50-0.
  • http://ns.gov.gu/hurao.html

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