50 Facts About American Samoa


American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of the island country of Samoa.

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American Samoa has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983.

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American Samoa is noted for having the highest rate of military enlistment of any U S state or territory.

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American Samoa is the only major territory of the United States in which citizenship is not granted at birth, and people born there are considered "non-citizen nationals".

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American Samoa became one of the only places in the world to have proactively prevented any deaths during the pandemic through the quick response from Governor John Martin Poyer after hearing news reports of the outbreak on the radio and requesting quarantine ships from the U S mainland.

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In 1930 the U S Congress sent a committee to investigate the status of American Samoa, led by Americans who had a part in the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

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The U S Territory of American Samoa is on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories, a listing which is disputed by the territorial government officials, who do consider themselves to be self-governing.

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American Samoa's visit inspired his short story "Rain" which later became plays and three major motion pictures.

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American Samoa's body was discovered by Government House's cook, SDI First Class Felisiano Debid Ahchica, USN.

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American Samoa's ghost is rumored to walk about the grounds at night.

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American Samoa's was greeted by government dignitaries and presented with gifts and a traditional ava ceremony.

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American Samoa addressed 200 soldiers here during his refueling stop.

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American Samoa is classified in U S law as an unincorporated territory; the Ratification Act of 1929 vested all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States.

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Governor of American Samoa is the head of government and along with the Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa is elected on the same ticket by popular vote for a four-year term.

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Since American Samoa is a U S territory, the President of the United States serves as the head of state but does not play a direct role in government.

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Judiciary of American Samoa is composed of the High Court of American Samoa, a District Court, and village courts.

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American Samoa is an unincorporated and unorganized territory of the United States, administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, U S Department of the Interior.

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American Samoa's constitution was ratified in 1966 and came into effect in 1967.

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However, despite being de jure unorganized, American Samoa is de facto organized, with its politics taking place in the framework of a presidential representative democratic dependency, whereby the Governor is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system.

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The fa?a American Samoa is the language and customs, and the fa?amatai are the protocols of the "fono" and the chief system.

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In December 2019, U S District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down as facially unconstitutional, holding that "Persons born in American Samoa are citizens of the United States by the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment", but the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the district court's judgment and found the statute constitutional.

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Unique among U S territories, American Samoa has its own immigration law, separate from the laws that apply in other parts of the United States.

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Unlike all other permanently inhabited U S jurisdictions, American Samoa is not considered a U S state for the purposes of the U S Immigration and Nationality Act.

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American Samoa had been known simply as American Samoa in the United Nations since joining the organization in 1976.

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The neighboring U S territory of American Samoa protested the move, feeling that the change diminished its own Samoan identity.

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Pago Pago, often cited as the capital of American Samoa, is one of the largest villages and is located on the central part of Tutuila island in Ma?oputasi County.

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American Samoa, located within the geographical region of Oceania, is one of only two possessions of the United States in the Southern Hemisphere, the other being Jarvis Island.

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American Samoa is the southernmost reach of the United States at fourteen degrees below the equator.

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American Samoa's Rose Atoll is the southernmost point of the United States.

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American Samoa has a tropical climate all year round with two distinct seasons, the wet and dry season.

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Economic health of American Samoa reflects the trends in other populated U S territories, which are in turn dependent on federal appropriations.

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The other major tuna canning plant in American Samoa is StarKist, which began laying off workers in August 2010, with plans to lay off a total of 800 workers due to the minimum wage increases and other rising operation costs.

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Some aspects of telecommunications in American Samoa are, like other U S territories, inferior to that of the mainland United States; a recent estimate showed that American Samoa's Internet speed is slower than that of several Eastern European countries.

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American Samoa is an independent customs territory, whose importation rules and taxes differ from those applicable to other parts of the United States.

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In 2012 Michael Calabrese, Daniel Calarco, and Colin Richardson stated that American Samoa had the most expensive internet of any U S territory and that the speeds were only slightly superior to those of dial-up internet in the U S Mainland in the 1990s.

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American Samoa is small enough to have just one ZIP code, 96799, and uses the U S Postal Service for mail delivery.

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American Samoa was home to one high school as of 1961, which existed due to the matai's pressure on the naval governor to transform the old Marine barracks at Utulei into a school.

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Music of American Samoa is a complex mix of cultures and traditions, with pre- and post-European contact histories.

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Main sports played in American Samoa are football, Samoan cricket, canoeing, yachting, basketball, golf, netball, tennis, rugby, table tennis, boxing, bowling, volleyball, and fishing tournaments.

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American Samoa beat the Apia team by half a point and won the Samoa Cup.

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American Samoa received 13 medals: four gold, four silver, and five bronze.

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In 1987, American Samoa became the 167th member of the International Olympic Committee.

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At the 2016 Republican National Convention, American Samoa's delegation said American Samoa is "the greatest exporter of NFL players".

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American Samoa gets broadcasts of the National Rugby League in Australia on free-to-air television.

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The first rugby game recorded in American Samoa was in 1924, since then the development of the game had been heavily overshadowed by the influence of American Football during the 1970s.

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The highest governing body of rugby in American Samoa is the American Samoa Rugby Union which was founded in 1990 and was not affiliated with the IRB until 2012.

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American Samoa played a crucial role in the Rugby World Cup 2011 playing every match in the tournament.

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American Samoa has seven areas designated as National Natural Landmarks on Tutuila Island.

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In 1992, the American Samoa Government banned the hunting of fruit bats to help their populations recover.

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From 1995 to 2000, the population of American Samoa flying fox remained stable at about 900 animals on Tutuila, and 100 in the Manu?a Islands.

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