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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

American Samoa

With its 66,432 people American Samoa is the 200th largest country in the world by population. It is the 212th largest country by area with 199 square kilometers. 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.

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