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  1. American Samoa is the result of the Second Samoan Civil War and an agreement made between Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom in the Tripartite Convention of 1899. The international rivalries were settled by the 1899 Treaty of Berlin in which Germany and the U.S. divided the Samoan archipelago.

  2. A Brief Timeline of the History of American Samoa: 20thCentury through the 21stCentury. 1900. 1February 2 – The United States Navy appointed Commander B.F. Tilley to be the first Governor of American Samoa. The population of Tutuila was approximately 7,000.

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  4. History of American Samoa. The Samoan islands were settled by Polynesians (probably from Tonga) about 1000 bce. Many scholars believe that by about 500 ce Samoa had become the point of origin for voyagers who settled much of eastern Polynesia. Britannica Quiz.

  5. History of the U.S. and Samoa. Samoan History. Migrants from Southeast Asia arrived in the Samoan islands more than 2,000 years ago and from there settled the rest of Polynesia further to the east. Contact with Europeans began in the early 1700s but did not intensify until the arrival of English missionaries and traders in the 1830s.

  6. The Manu'a Islands of American Samoa are one of the earliest inhabited regions of Polynesia. 950 CE. The Tu'I Tonga empire forms after Tonga is able to free itself through the imperial domination of the Tu'I Manu'a, who rules most of the Pacific islands.

  7. American Samoa’s strong faamatai chief system is said to originate from two early female chiefs, Nafanua and Salamasina. The Samoan islands had regular contact with Tonga and Fiji for centuries before Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to encounter the islands in 1722.

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