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American Samoa

Background

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.

About

American Samoa is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that lie about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand and about 100km east of the island country of Samoa, which is part of the same archipelago.

American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States of America. The citizens of American Samoa are US "nationals" and not US "citizens," but they are allowed to travel freely between the American Samoa and the US Mainland. They are not required to obtain green cards or visas to stay or work in the United States, and they are allowed to serve in the US armed forces (and often do). There are some ways that American Samoa's special status as an unincorporated territory have interesting legal consequences. The US Constitution is not necessarily the supreme law of the land in American Samoa, and Samoan cultural norms -- in particular, those related to the ownership of property and public displays of religion -- actually trump certain well-settled US constitutional rights in American Samoa.

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American Samoa

American SamoaSadie Thompson Inn 

3222 Main Highway
Downtown Pago Pago
Pago Pago 96799
American Samoa

Price (US$): $198 - $199 / night

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Location. Sadie Thompson Inn is located in Pago Pago, close to Mount Alava and National Park of American Samoa. Additional area points of interest include Veterans Memorial Stadium. Hotel Features. Sadie Thompson Inn features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. This 3 star property offers small meeting rooms, audiovisual equipment, and business services. This Pago Pago property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting… more »

American SamoaTradewinds Hotel 

Main Road
Ottoville 96799
American Samoa

Price (US$): $149 - $240 / night

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Location. Located in Ottoville, Tradewinds Hotel is near the airport and close to Veterans Memorial Stadium. Other area points of interest include Leone Church and Mount Alava. Hotel Features. Tradewinds Hotel features a coffee shop/cafĂ©, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast. Guests can enjoy a complimentary evening social on select days. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a… more »

American SamoaSADIES BY THE SEA 

Utulei Beach
Pago Pago 96799
American Samoa

Price (US$): $139 - $175 / night

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SADIES HOTELS OFFER COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION ON THE RIM OFPAGO PAGO HARBOR ON THE ISLAND OF TUTUILA IN AMERICAN SAMOA.OUR FRIENDLY STAFF PROVIDES THE CARING HOSPITALITY THEPEOPLE OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC ARE FAMOUS FOR. WITH TWO HOTELSAND TWO FIRST CLASS RESTAURANTS TO CHOOSE FROM THE SADIETHOMPSON INN AND SADIES BY THE SEA OFFER A WIDE RANGE OFACCOMMODATION TO TRAVELERS. NEARLY EVERY ROOM INCLUDES AVIEW FROM TOWERING, LUSH TROPICAL MOUNTAINS TO BEACH FRONT,TO VIBRANT BLUE WATER. SADIES HOTELS… more »

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American Samoa

Capital
Pago Pago
Location

Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

Geographic coordinates

14 20 S, 170 00 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than Washington, DC

Coastline

116 km

Climate

tropical marine, moderated by southeast trade winds; annual rainfall averages about 3 m; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October); little seasonal temperature variation

Terrain

five volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains, two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island)

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Lata Mountain 964 m

Natural resources

pumice, pumicite

Population

66,432 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

native Pacific islander 91.6%, Asian 2.8%, white 1.1%, mixed 4.2%, other 0.3% (2000 census)

Religions

Christian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and other 30%

Languages

Samoan 90.6% (closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages), English 2.9%, Tongan 2.4%, other Pacific islander 2.1%, other 2%

Government type

NA

Independence

none (territory of the US)

National holiday

Flag Day, 17 April (1900)

Chief of state

President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009); Vice President Joseph R. BIDEN (since 20 January 2009)

Head of government

Governor Togiola TULAFONO (since 7 April 2003)

Internet country code

.as

Internet users

NA

Airports

3 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Pago Pago

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