Western Samoa - History The islands of Western Samoa were first settled about 3000 years ago, after a very gradual migration eastwards into the Pacific from people originating in http://www.interwebinc.com/samoanew/history.html
Extractions: In 1768, French navigator, Louis de Bougainville, sighted the islands of Samoa calling them the "Navigator Islands" because he encountered many Samoans sailing small canoes far from the sight of the land and assumed they must be good navigators. By the late 1700s, European traders were plying the Pacific and around 1800 ships began to call at Samoa for supplies. By the early nineteenth century, some Europeans (i.e. escaped convicts, seamen and whalers) had settled in Samoa. However by far the greatest impact of change on the culture and society of Samoa was the arrival of the Western missionaries. The strong influence of the missionaries and their teachings, have made the Samoan people devoutly religious right up until today, with much time and resources devoted to church activities. After the arrival of the missionaries and European traders, vast plantations producing copra and cotton were developed for export, and Apia soon became a major commercial centre in the South Pacific. But, by the late 1800s, internal strife amongst the Samoan chiefs, and power struggles between the then present opposing colonial powers of Germany, America and Britain, led to a period of instability. However, by 1899, after a treaty was signed by the three colonial powers, Western Samoa was annexed by Germany and the country prospered until Germany's expulsion by New Zealand forces at the oubreak of World War One. New Zealand administered tenuously thereafter, but Samoan discontent, headed by the Mau movement, and a desire for self government led to a referendum in 1961. In January 1962, after overwhelming support for freedom from foreign rule, Western Samoa became the first independent island nation in the South Pacific.
A Brief History Western Samoa was the first Polynesian state to gain, indepedance obtaining it from New In July 1997 Western Samoa formally adopted the name Samoa . http://www.samoa.co.uk/history.html
Extractions: [ HOME ] A Brief History Samoa is a group of islands (formed about 7 million years ago) in the Pacific Ocean, roughly 15 degrees south of the equator and some 8 degrees east of the International Dateline, that is about 1700 miles north east of New Zealand. It is made up of nine islands. The two largest Savai'i and Upolu, account for most of population with only two others, Manono and Apolima, being inhabited. The other five are called Fanuatapu, Namu'a, Nuutele, Nuulua, Nuusafee. The islands were settled as part of the general settlement of the Pacific by the Polynesian culture. Briefly, at the end of the last century they played a significant part in the colonisation of the Pacific by the western powers The islands were originally settled about 1000 BC a date arrived at by the dating of shards of Lapida pottery found at Mulifanua. By 200 BC Samoa was the center of a flourishing Polynesian community with trade taking place between Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. In about 1300 AD a group of settlers from Samoa colonised the Tokelau islands, explaining the similarity between the two languages. Dutchman, Jacob Roggeveen, was the first European to sight the islands, in 1722.
Western Samoa History | IExplore Measures towards local autonomy were introduced in the 1950s, before Samoa acquired independence in 1962 (as Western Samoa, under which name it was known http://www.iexplore.com/dmap/Western Samoa/History
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