American Samoa

Information about American Samoa


Settled as early as 1000 B.C., Samoa was "discovered" by European explorers in the 18th century.

International rivalries in the latter half of the 19th century were settled by an 1899 treaty in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago.

The US formally occupied its portion - a smaller group of eastern islands with the excellent harbor of Pago Pago - the following year.



Above picture: Deserted beach near Pago Pago. America Samoa is an incorporated, self-governing territory of the US. A part of the Samoan island chain, it is the southernmost territory of the US. The large harbor at Pago Pago contains a full US naval station. The inhabitants of America Samoa are American nationals, but not necessarily American citizens.



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