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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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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.

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.

PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910)

By Karen Wheat

Karen Meads
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PICTURES OF CHANGE IN PARADISE in American Samoa (circa 1910)
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This 2nd Revised Edition paperback is published on better quality paper with a shiny semi-gloss ink throughout including the 62 illustrations which enable for a clearer and somewhat glossy effect for the photographs and design work. Actually, now the illustrations just 'pop' off the page!This 2nd Revised Edition has won a Bronze Award in History from the Nonfiction Author's Association and the first revised edition is 'on call' at the Library of Congress in the Jefferson and Adams Reading Rooms in Washington, D.C. Plus, a positive review has been given by Kirkus Reviews which states: "A simple, uniquely intimate gateway resource into the early history of American Samoa as well as the influences of colonialism."This Title showcases 55 rare historical black and white professional photographs/illustrations circa 1910 of Samoan culture, people, places and buildings plus 7 other illustrations also included pertaining to the subject matter. The illustrations/photographs include buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Register. The collection of photographs were passed down to the author by four generations of her grandmothers saved in a lightly leather bound family photo album with short descriptions underneath. A freelance graphic designer made double negatives and enhanced each photograph in order to make digital illustrations of them. The original 'Ata Mai Samoa' 4 x 6 album rests at the Records of the Government of American Samoa/National Archives. The majority of the photos were taken in American Samoa, a territory of the United States by unknown professional photographer(s) circa 1910. The photographs also depict the forming of the new Naval Guardsman on Island known as the Fitafita made up of Chiefs (Matai) which can refer to an Ali'i or Tulafale. Taupou's and Siva Dancers are also presented within the backdrop in some instances of Pago Pago Harbor where the U.S. Naval Station, Tutuila, once resided.

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 periodPolynesians 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: A General Report by the Governor (Classic Reprint)

By William M. Crose

Forgotten Books
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American Samoa: A General Report by the Governor (Classic Reprint)
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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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Bold Experiment: The Story of Educational Television in American Samoa

By Wilbur Lang Schramm

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Amerika Samoa : A History of American Samoa and Its United States Naval Administration

By Captain J. A. C. Gray

United States Naval Institute
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Amerika Samoa : A History of American Samoa and Its United States Naval Administration
 

Coming of Age in Samoa

By margaret mead

American Museum of Natural History
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Coming of Age in Samoa
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Classic book by the most famous anthropologist of the twentieth century. This is a psychological study of youth in a tribal society and the first piece of work by a serious professional anthropologist written for the educated layman.

Lepidoptera of American Samoa with particular reference to biology and ecology

By John Adams Comstock

Bishop Museum
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Lepidoptera of American Samoa with particular reference to biology and ecology
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Hardcover; turquoise buckram with gilt titles on cover and spine. 74 p., 13 plates (7 color plates of immature stages, 6 plates of halftone photos of adult moths & butterflies), 2 figures in the text (mis-numbered as 2 & 13). "...records the species of Lepidoptera taken on the islands of Tutuila, Aunuu, and Swain's Island during four months in...1961. It includes life history and host plant notes, along with illustrations of the early stages.... Included are records of species recorded for American Samoa by earlier writers, which this author failed to confirm."

Puputoa (A Host of Heroes) (Biographies of the History Makers of American Samoa 1900-2000)

By Fofo I . F. Sunia

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