Where is SAMOA located on the map?
Samoa is an independent state in Western Polynesia, South Pacific. Samoa is located in the South Pacific Ocean, close to the International Date Line, about three-fifths of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand, in an almost central position in Polynesia. The islands of the archipelago to the east of the 171st degree west longitude from American Samoa and those to the west the independent country of Samoa (formerly Western Samoa).
Occupying the western part of Samoa, the other part being under American administration, the independent state of Samoa comprises four inhabited islands (Upolu, Savai’i, Manono and Apolima) and six uninhabited islets. The capital Apia and Faleolo International Airport are located on the north coast of Upolu, the second largest island in the archipelago behind Savai’i. Samoans living abroad, especially in the United States and New Zealand, are more numerous than those in Samoa.
Samoa is a parliamentary democracy that is a member of the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations. The country’s economy has long been based on the export of raw materials (copra, cocoa and bananas in particular). While agriculture still employs the majority of the labor force and continues to provide a significant share of exports, industry, remittances and tourism play an important role in its economy.
The Samoan archipelago has been populated for more than 3,000 years. He was under Tongan rule from the 10th to the 14th century before regaining his independence. At the end of the nineteenth century, it was the object of Western greed, and was shared in 1899 between Germany in the West and the United States in the East. The German part was captured by New Zealand in 1914, which became the mandatory power in 1919. After fifteen years of independence unrest related to Mau activism, Samoans are better associated with the management of the colony , which becomes the 1st of January 1962 the first colony of Oceania to regain independence. From that date to 4 July 1997, the country was known as the Independent State of Western Samoa, often abbreviated to Western Samoa and the withdrawal of I Sisifo of the Samoan toponym manifests the desire for rapprochement with American Samoa.