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American Samoa

US territory in the Pacific

American Samoa is a territory of the United States in Samoan Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Territory of American Samoa
Teritori o Amerika Sāmoa  (Samoan)
Flag of American Samoa
Flag
Seal of American Samoa
Seal
Motto: "Samoa, Let God Be First"
"Sāmoa, Muamua Le Atua" (Samoan)
Location of American Samoa
StatusUnincorporated and unorganized territory
Capital
and largest village
Pago Pago
Official languagesEnglish
Samoan
Common languages
Ethnic groups
Religion
DemonymAmerican Samoan (official)
Samoan (colloquial)
Country United States
GovernmentTerritorial presidential constitutional republic
Lolo Matalasi Moliga (D)
Lemanu Peleti Mauga (D)
Amata Coleman Radewagen (R)
LegislatureFono
Senate
House of Representatives
Unincorporated and unorganized territory of the United States
June 14, 1889
December 2, 1899
April 17, 1900
July 16, 1904
March 4, 1925
February 20, 1929
April 27, 1960
Area
• Total
199 km2 (77 sq mi) (unranked)
• Water (%)
negligible
Population
• 2016 estimate
54,194 (n/a)
• 2010 census
55,519
• Density
272/km2 (704.5/sq mi) (n/a)
GDP (PPP)2013 estimate
• Total
$711 million
• Per capita
$13,000[1][2]
CurrencyUnited States dollar (USD)
Time zoneSamoa Standard Time (SST) (UTC-11)
Date formatMM/DD/YYYY
Drives on theright[3]
Calling code+1 684
ISO 3166 codeAS
Internet TLD.as
American Samoa on a map of the world

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 noted harbor of Pago Pago - the following year. The western islands are now the independent state of Samoa. Though technically considered "unorganized" in that the US Congress has not passed an Organic Act for the territory, American Samoa is self-governing under a constitution that became effective on July 1, 1967.

The capital is Pago Pago, but the seat of government is Fagatogo.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "American Samoa GDP – per capita (PPP) – Economy". www.indexmundi.com.
  2. https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/general/terr/2016/asgdp_080816.pdf
  3. "Samoa switches to driving on left". September 8, 2009 – via bbc.co.uk.
  4. CIA World Factbook, App.D

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