Samoa: History

  1. 1899

    Germany annexes Western Samoa, which officially becomes Samoa. The United States takes over eastern Samoa, and Britain withdraws its claim to the islands.

  2. 1914

    Western Samoa is occupied by New Zealand during World War I and after the war by virtue of a League of Nations mandate.

  3. 1962

    Western Samoa gains its independence, making it the first Pacific Island nation to do so.

  4. 2007

    Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, becomes a republic.

  5. 2011

    Samoa skips a day at the end of the year, going directly from December 29th to December 31st, jumping westward across the international dateline to bring it in line with Australia and New Zealand - Samoa's two main trading partners.

  6. 2012

    Samoa joins the World Trade Organization.


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