American Samoa and its small group of islands were first settled by the Polynesians some 3,000 years ago. In 1722 they were discovered by Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutch explorer.
In 1900 it became an unorganized U.S. territory, and in fact, it's today the only U.S. territory located south of the Equator.
These rugged islands (fringed by reefs) have narrow coastal plains. All are volcanic in origin.
The beautiful city of Pago Pago (the capital), pronounced (pãng'ó pãng'ó), has a magnificent harbor ringed by densely forested mountains. The outer islands are widely considered some of the most beautiful in the South Pacific.
While there is a strong American influence in the islands, American Samoans proudly retain their cultural heritage.
The local economy revolves around the long-established fishing industry, U.S. government jobs and the ever increasing tourism business.
Samoa, a neighboring independent country, shares the same culture, and much of the same history. For additional info about American Samoa, go here.
Facts and Figures
Official Name American Samoa, an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US
Capital City Paga Pago (4,100)
Languages Samoan, English
Official Currency US Dollar
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Religions Christian Congregationalist, others
Land Area 199 sq km (76.8 sq miles)
Latitude/Longitude 14º 20S, 170º 00W
Highest Point Mt. Lata, at 3,166 ft. (966 m)
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American Samoa Large Color Map here
American Samoa Map CIA version here
Tutuila Outline Map here
American Samoa Maps at UT here
Oceania Maps here
American Samoa (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here
American Samoa Government here
American Samoa National Park here
American Samoa Photos here
American Samoa Tourism here
Climate Tropical conditions throughout the year with two distinct seasons.
During the rainy season (December to April), temps rise to 90 degrees and heavy rainfall on a daily basis is the norm. Hot temperatures are usually moderated by the Pacific Ocean trade winds.
(May to November) is cooler and drier with highs in the 80s. Evenings are cool and often breezy.
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