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American Samoa History


American Samoa consists of several islands in the eastern portion of the Samoan archipeligo. The Samoan islands were first settled by immigrants from the Lau Islands in Fiji, approximately 3,500 years ago.

Contact with Europeans began in the early 18th century, and by the mid 19th century, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States of America, had all established trading posts and were all claiming parts of the islands. The 1899 Treaty of Berlin divided the Samoan islands between Germany, and the United States of America, and U.S. Navy subsequently established a coaling station at Pago Pago Bay.

During World War I, the German part of the islands, was captured by New Zealand and became a New Zealand protectorate. After World War I, a peaceful independence movement, the Mau movement, emerged in both the New Zealand (Western Samoa) and American parts of the islands, but was unsuccessful.

In World War II, American Samoa was an important military base, and U.S. Marines outnumbered the local population, and left a huge cultural influence.

Subsequent to World II, the U.S. Department of Interior sponsored an attempt to incorporate American Samoa into the United States. This attempt was however defeated in Congress, prinicipally due to the efforts of American Samoan chiefs. The chiefs' efforts eventually led to the creation of local legislature which meets in the village of Fagatogo. Additionally, the Governor of the American Samoa is no longer appointed by the U.S. Navy, but is instead locally elected.

As of today, American Samoa, remains an unorganized unincorporated territory of the United States. Although technically unorganized, American Samoa is self-governing under its constitution which became effective on July 1st 1967.


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History of American Samoa, A

By Amerika Samoa Humanities Council

Bess Press
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History of American Samoa, A
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A History of America Samoa is a high school level textbook initiated and completed by the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council. The content detailed in the book ranges from the migration, discovery, and inhabitation of the western Pacific and specifically Samoa, today known as a territory just over a hundred years old. This textbook is written from the perspective of both oral and written accounts of Samoan history. It covers the geographical formation, historical inhabitation, and development of American Samoa through legends, geography, and timelines that help span a time period beginning with the earliest signs of human integration to today's modern setting. This text weaves together the historical account of a little known island with its people spread throughout the globe, through local myth, legend, and authentic biographical information in this comprehensive history of American Samoa.

Codification of the regulations and orders for the government of American Samoa

By American Samoa

Ulan Press
Released: 2012-08-31
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This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. While some publishers have opted to apply OCR (optical character recognition) technology to the process, we believe this leads to sub-optimal results (frequent typographical errors, strange characters and confusing formatting) and does not adequately preserve the historical character of the original artifact. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.

Samoa History, Culture and tourism: People of Samoa, Life and Custom, Language, Discovering Samoa and Settlement, American Samoa and Culture

By Leo Abbott

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History of Samoa, Settlement of Samoans, Culture and tradition, Introduction to the history of Samoa: The following discussion focuses on Samoa since European contact. For additional treatment in a regional context, see Pacific Islands, history of. Early period Polynesians traveling in outrigger canoes arrived in the Samoan archipelago about 1000 bc, as indicated by Lapita pottery shards found in Mulifanua Lagoon on Upolu. Characteristics of the Samoan language indicate that the settlers probably came from Tonga. Local pottery manufacturing ceased by about ad 200, by which time Samoa had become central too much of the settlement of eastern Polynesia. Find out more in the book “Samos History, Culture and Tourism”

American Samoa: 100 Years Under the United States Flag

By J. Robert Shaffer

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A richly illustrated history of the Samoan Islands, particularly its relationship with the U.S., published to commemorate its 100th year under the American flag.

PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa

By Karen Wheat

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A recovered family photo album showcases the early days of American Samoa under a naval administration from 1907 to 1913. A simple, uniquely intimate gateway resource into the early history of American Samoa as well as the influences of colonialism. Kirkus Reviews

SAMOA - A Historical Novel

By J. Robert Shaffer

Centennial Books, Inc.
Released: 2013-11-11
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SAMOA is an epic saga spanning 3,000 years.
SAMOA is the story of the islands and their people – of Ratu the ancient mariner, leading his people on a voyage of discovery; of Moana, the canoe builder and navigator; of Manu, the keeper of the Sacred Myths, and missionary Evan Surrey, who overcomes the deep-seeded prejudices of the Christian Church to change the course of Samoa’s religious and political history in the mid-nineteenth century.
It is through the eyes of Surrey’s grandson, Mika Sanderson, that the story of Samoa is told. Mika, a historian/anthropologist, chronicles the long and glorious history of this little-known part of the world.
Throughout the 19th century, adventurers, colonialists, murderers and missionaries, the best and worst of Europe and America, sail to Samoa where they find a wise and proud people steeped in ancient culture and beliefs.
Mika documents the rivalries of colonial powers that thrust Samoa’s people into bloody civil war – Theodore Weber, whose one goal is to make Samoa a German colony, and the German-Samoan woman Anna, a Samoan patriot who fights the nation of her father’s birth.
Mika carefully traces the rise of the great Samoan leader Mata’afa, who unites Samoa’s political factions in the war against Germany, leading to the great battle between the German and Samoan armies.
Robert Louis Stevenson, author of “Treasure Island,” finds Samoa to be his own treasured land. Stevenson adopts Samoa and finds true contentment for the first time in his life.
The dawning of the 20th century finds Samoa reeling under the great flu epidemic of 1918. Following World War I, Samoans again find themselves under the stifling colonial administration of New Zealand, giving rise to two Samoan patriots, Olaf Nelson and Tupua Tamasese.
World War II finds the United States Marines in American Samoa, where young Marine lieutenant Daniel LaMont falls in love with a village princess. Following the war, winds of change sweep across the Pacific. In the mid-1960s, young Manu, a direct descendant of Manu of the Sacred Myths, joins the U.S. Marines and finds himself on the battlefields of Vietnam.

The Pacific Insular Case of American Sāmoa: Land Rights and Law in Unincorporated US Territories

By Line-Noue Memea Kruse

Palgrave Macmillan
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This book is a researched study of land issues in American Sāmoa that analyzes the impact of U.S. colonialism and empire building in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carefully tracing changes in land laws up to the present, this volume also draws on a careful examination of legal traditions, administrative decisions, court cases and rising tensions between indigenous customary land tenure practices in American Sāmoa and Western notions of individual private ownership. It also highlights how unusual the status of American Sāmoa is in its relationship with the U.S., namely as the only “unincorporated” and “unorganized” overseas territory, and aims to expand the U.S. empire-building scholarship to include and recognize American Sāmoa into the vernacular of Americanization projects.

Coming of Age in Samoa

By Margaret Mead

American Museum of Natural History
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Coming of Age in Samoa, Margaret Mead's psychological study of youth in a primitive society, is today recognized as a scientific classic. However, when first published, as the late Dr. Mead pointed out in her preface, it was "the first piece of work by a serious profes­sional anthropologist written for the educated layman in which all the paraphernalia of scholarship designed to convince one's professional colleagues and confuse the laity was deliberately laid aside."

The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power

By Max Boot

Basic Books
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America's "small wars," "imperial war," or, as the Pentagon now terms them, "low-intensity conflicts," have played an essential but little-appreciated role in its growth as a world power. Beginning with Jefferson's expedition against the Barbary pirates, Max Boot tells the exciting stories of our sometimes minor but often bloody landings in Samoa, the Philippines, China, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, Russia, and elsewhere. Along the way he sketches colorful portraits of little-known military heroes such as Stephen Decatur, "Fighting Fred" Funston, and Smedly Butler.

This revised and updated edition of Boot's compellingly readable history of the forgotten wars that helped promote America's rise in the lst two centuries includes a wealth of new material, including a chapter on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a new afterword on the lessons of the post-9/11 world.

American Samoa: A General Report by the Governor (1922)

By William M. Crose American Samoa. Naval governor

Cornell University Library
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American Samoa: A General Report by the Governor (1922)
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Originally published in 1922. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume.


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