Country Fast Facts:American Samoa





































American Samoa



























(CBS)

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of the sovereign state of Samoa.



The main (largest and most populous) island is Tutuila, with the Manu'a Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory.



American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group.



Settled as early as 1000 B.C., Samoa was "discovered" by European explorers in the 18th century.



International rivalries in the latter half of the 19th century were settled by an 1899 treaty in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago.



The US formally occupied its portion - a smaller group of eastern islands with the excellent harbor of Pago Pago - the following year.



Source: CIA World Fact Book
















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