Atlas of Samoa

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Gagana Sāmoa Sāmoa - Mālo Tuto'atasi o Sāmoa

O Sāmoa o se atunuu laitiiti lava. Mai le taimi muamua, e lua ni motu tetele sa faapena ona iai. O igoa la nei o Motu Sāmoa i Sisifo lea ua faaigoa o Sāmoa ma Sāmoa i Sasa'e lea, ua faaigoa ia American Sāmoa. O motu e valu o Sāmoa: Savaii, Upolu, Manono, Apolima, Nu'usafee, Fanuatapu, Nu'ulua, ma Nu'utele. E 180,000 le aofai o tagata i nonofo i totonu o Sāmoa.

English Samoa - Independent State of Samoa

The Independent State of Samoa is a country comprising a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Previous names were German Samoa from 1900 to 1919, and Western Samoa from 1914 to 1997. It was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976 (UN members) as Samoa. It has maritime borders with ► Tuvalu, ► Tokelau, ► American Samoa, ► Tonga and ► Wallis and Futuna. The entire group was known as Navigators Islands before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills. It has a population of 176,710 (2001 census)

Short name  Samoa
Official name Independent State of Samoa
Status Independent country since 1962
Location Pacific Ocean
Capital Apia
Population 202,506 inhabitants
Area 2,031 square kilometres (784 sq mi)
Major languages Samoan, English (both official)
Major religions Protestantism, Roman Catholicism
More information Samoa, Geography of Samoa, History of Samoa and Politics of Samoa
More images Samoa - Samoa (Category).

General maps

Map of Samoa
Map of Samoa

Maps of divisions

This section holds maps of the administrative divisions.

Districs of Samoa

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Samoa, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Samoa.

Pre-German times

The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Samoa in 1772. On the islands exists the Kingdom of Samoa. In 1889 the Kingdom of Samoa becomes a kingdom under joint British-German-United States protectorate, from which the eastern part in 1899 is obtained by the United States. Out of these American possesions American Samoa is formed in 1912.

German Samoa

1900-1919: German Samoa - colony of the German Empire, occupied by New Zealand since 1914 ► Germany

The western part is annexed in 1900 by Germany, the German emperor is styled Tupu Sili o Samoa (paramount king of Samoa). In World War I (1914) New Zealand occupies Western Samoa.

New Zealand rule

1920-1946: Western Samoa - League of Nations Mandate territory, administered by New Zealand

Western Samoa becomes a League of Nations mandate administered by New Zealand in 1920. This map shows the division of the Germany colonies in Oceania after World War I.
1946-1962: Western Samoa - United Nations Trust territory, administered by New Zealand

The League of Nations mandate is a United Nations Trust Territory. In 1959 New Zealand grants autonomy to Western Samoa.


1962-1997: Independent State of Western Samoa (Malo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa i Sisifo) - Independent republic

In 1962 Western Samoa becomes independent as the Independent State of Western Samoa, a traditional constitutional republic. President is Malietoa Tanumafili II, who is president for life since 1962. After his death the presidents will be elected.
1997–present: Independent State of Samoa {Malo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa) - Independent republic

In 1997 the country is renamed into Samoa.

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps more than 70 years old.

Map of Samoa by George Cram 1896

Notes and references

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