Samoa, Heart of Polynesia December 26th 2007 The islands of Samoa are emerging as an exciting new South Pacific travel destination between Hawaii and New Zealand. This "Heart of Polynesia" is politically split into two distinct entities 80 miles apart. The country Samoa is a former German colony, captured by New Zealand in 1914 and granted independence in 1962. In 1997 the name was changed from Western Samoa to Samoa.
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Oceania » Samoa New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to... ... read more
David Stanley has authored guidebooks for Lonely Planet and Moon Handbooks. Over the years he has visited almost every country in the world. His personal website is http://www.southpacific.org... full info