Story: Samoans

Raising the German flag, 1900

Raising the German flag, 1900

Samoa became a focus for the colonial ambitions of Britain, Germany and the United States at the end of the 19th century. In December 1899 America gained control of Eastern Samoa and Germany took over Western Samoa. The German flag was formally raised the next year. When the First World War broke out, New Zealand occupied Western Samoa, which it administered from 1920 to 1961 under mandates from the League of Nations and the United Nations.

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Misatauveve Melani Anae, 'Samoans - History and migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2021)

Story by Misatauveve Melani Anae, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015