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American Samoa

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.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 57,663 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): American Samoan(s) (US nationals)

Nationality (Adjective): American Samoan

Official Language(s): Samoan

Major Languages Spoken: English, Samoan, Tongan

Map of American Samoa

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Territory of American Samoa

Country Name (short form): American Samoa

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): none

Name of Capital: Pago Pago

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering American Samoa: Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Niue, Samoa

Land Area: 199 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly larger than Washington, DC

Coastline: 116 km

National Holiday: Flag Day, 17 April (1900)

International Phone Code: 684

Currency Code: US dollar (USD)

Internet Country Code: .as

US Embassy Location: none (territory of the US)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none

 

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