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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

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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.

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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Samoa History, Culture and tourism: People of Samoa, Life and Custom, Language, Discovering Samoa and Settlement, American Samoa and Culture
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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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American Samoa: 100 Years Under the United States Flag
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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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PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE At the Turn of the 20th Century in American Samoa
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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

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Author J. Robert Shaffer began his research on Samoa as a Peace Corps volunteer. In passionate pursuit of details, he interviewed hundreds of Samoans, absorbing and understanding their culture. Based on the rich history and mythology of the Samoan islands, Shaffer created an epic saga spanning 3000 years, Samoa. The story of the islands and their people, from Ratu the ancient mariner, leading his people on a voyage of discovery, to the missionary Evan Surrey and his Samoan wife Nuanua, who overcome the deep seated prejudices of the Christian church to change the course of the religious and political histories of Samoa in the mid nineteenth century. Through the eyes of Mika Sanderson, the grandson of Evan Surrey, the story of Samoa is told. Mika traces the rise and fall of each major influence on the islands, documenting the rivalries of colonial powers that thrust the people of Samoan into a bloody civil war. Each new era of Samoa gives rise to a new cast of characters, all with vested interest in Samoa, its people and its resources. Throughout the nineteenth 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. With the dawn of the twentieth century, Samoa reels under the flu epidemic of 1918, and following World War I, the Samoans are under the stifling administration of New Zealand. World War II finds the United States Marines in American Samoa. Following the war, winds of change sweep across the Pacific. In this little known part of the world, Mika chronicles the long and glorious history of Samoa, the smoking island under the sunrise.

Flaming Sword of Samoa: The Story of the Fire Knife Dance

By Freddie Letuli

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Flaming Sword of Samoa is a fascinating chronicle of the life of showman and Paramount Chief Freddie Letuli. Born in a small village in American Samoa, Letuli created the fire knife dance that spawned a whole generation of entertainers and carried the color and excitement of Polynesia around the world — from Pago Pago to Hollywood to Las Vegas' Cirque du Soleil. Written in his own words, as told to his wife, Patricia Letuli, Flaming Sword of Samoa also features an extensive gallery of photographs, posters and news items tracing the evolution of the dance and Freddie Letuli's long career in show business — from Hollywood films and television shows to international nightclub stages. Foreword by America Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono.

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

By Max Boot

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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.

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American Samoa: A General Report

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American Samoa: A General Report
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Reading Benedict / Reading Mead: Feminism, Race, and Imperial Visions (New Studies in American Intellectual and Cultural History)

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As anthropologists, public intellectuals, and feminists, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead played remarkable roles in twentieth-century life and thought―and far beyond the academy. Their work helped to popularize anthropology while introducing such terms as culture and racism into common parlance. At the same time, they contributed to wider debates about environmentalism, sexuality, the women's movement, and American foreign policy. In this collection, prominent international scholars come together to explore the lives, works, and legacies of two influential figures in American anthropology.

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American Samoa: A General Report by the Governor (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from American Samoa: A General Report by the Governor

In 1830 the London Missionary Society established a mission in one of the Samoan Islands, and followed that up by extensive opera tions in all the islands.

The United States exploring expedition, under the command of Lieut. Charles Wilkes, United States Navy, made the first scientific investigations in the islands, in 1839. This expedition, composed of six vessels, was equipped for the particular purpose of surveying and exploring the unfrequented islands of the South Seas. A staff of competent civilian scientists was on board, and the ships (all naval vessels) were prepared for accurate survey work. The surveys then made of the Samoan Islands, though necessarily hurried ones, were for many years the basis of our charts. The latest survey of the islands of American Samoa was completed in 1920, and charts from this survey will shortly be issued.

As early as 1850 England, Germany, and the United States were represented by commercial agents in Apia, Samoa. During the next 20 years Germans and Englishmen were more forward than the Americans in establishing trading stations, acquiring land, and devel oping intimat'e relations with the natives. Americans took very little interest in Samoa at this time.

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