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  1. History of Samoa. 1 Early history. 2 After European contact. 2.1 18th century. 2.2 19th century. 2.3 The First Samoan Civil War and the Samoan crisis. 2.4 The Second Samoan Civil War and the Siege of Apia.

  2. The western islands became known as Western Samoa (now just Samoa), passing from German control to New Zealand in 1914. New Zealand administered Western Samoa under the auspices of the League of Nations and then as a UN trusteeship until independence in 1962. Western Samoa was the first Pacific Island country to gain its independence.

    • A rocky, volcanic beginning. Samoa is made up of a series of volcanic islands, some of which are still active including...
    • Humans arrive, guided ‘by the stars’. Myth and legends say Samoans descended from the gods and heavens. Modern...
    • Internal and Pacific conflict, and the arrival of Europeans. During the centuries that followed...
  3. www.britannica.com › place › Samoa-island-nationSamoa - History | Britannica

    • Early period. Polynesians traveling in outrigger canoes arrived in the Samoan archipelago about 1000 bce, as indicated...
    • European influence. European navigators, who began to visit Samoa in 1722, were at first welcomed for the technology and...
    • Rule by New Zealand. Troops from New Zealand occupied Western Samoa in August 1914, meeting no resistance from...
  4. Sep 22, 2022 · Samoa's first people were seafarers who, guided by the stars, arrived on outrigger canoes around 1,000BC. Ancient myths and legends say the first people descended from the heavens and gods to inhabit these islands, however, It is believed they came from Tonga. Samoa’s oldest known site of human occupation is a Lapita village (Lapita is a prehistoric Pacific Ocean culture named for their style of pottery), now partially submerged in a lagoon at Mulifanua on Upolu.

  5. Nov 11, 2022 · Samoa. Land. Samoa; American Samoa. Samoa lies approximately 80 miles (130 km) west of American Samoa, 1,800 miles (2,900 km) northeast of New Zealand, and ... Relief and drainage. Climate. Plant and animal life.

  6. Western Samoa earned the distinction of being the first independent sovereign state in the South Pacific. The prefix Western was dropped in July 1997 and the country renamed itself the Independent State of Samoa. A constitutional monarchy, Samoa has a legislative assembly whose members are from the titled class.

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