Carlos Madrid Alvarez-Piñer, born in Spain in 1976 holds a masters degree in history from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is working toward a PhD in history and his dissertation focuses on the withdrawal of the Spanish colonial apparatus from the Philippines, 1898-1900.
Since 1996, Madrid has researched Micronesia and the Philippines studying Spanish archives identifying descendants of officials who served in the Micronesian region during Spanish colonial times. He first visited the Mariana Islands in 2000 as a volunteer for the Saipan Museum of History and Culture and has visited regularly since.
Madrid was a member of the board of directors of the Spanish Pacific Studies Association from 1999-2003, and a former editor of the Revista Española del Pacifico, or the Spanish Journal of the Pacific. He is currently the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation of the Spanish Ministry of Culture academic coordinator. The program’s mission is to foster closer ties between Spain, the Philippines and the Micronesian islands through the collaborative work of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences.
He is the author of Beyond Distances: Governance, Politics and Deportation in the Mariana Islands from 1870 to 1877. The book chronicles the events of the deportation of Spanish political prisoners from Spain and the Philippines to the Mariana Islands, and how it impacted the lives of the islanders.
Guampedia Entries by Carlos Madrid
Andres de Urdaneta
Early European Observations of Chamorros
European Colonization’s Impact on Trade in Micronesia
Governor Juan Marina
Mapping the Pacific
Pedro Sanchez Pericón
Treaty of Tordesillas
Treaty of Zaragoza
Guampedia Entry Co-authored by Carlos Madrid
Adventurer: William “Bully” Hayes