In 1962, Samoa became the first South Pacific island to gain independence.
In 1962, Samoa became the first South Pacific island to gain independence. Be sure to catch hype and festivities of the Celebrations. Don't miss out on what promises to be an exciting celebration.
Samoans, along with Tongans and Fijians were the superpowers of the Pacific before the arrival of the Europeans and those connections among the three nations remain strong till this day through each nation’s royal lines.
In 1899 after years of civil war, the islands of the Samoan archipelago were divided – the Germans taking the islands to the west and the Americans taking the islands to the east, now known as American Samoa.
After the outbreak of World War I, New Zealand captured Western Samoa from the small German company stationed on islands and following the end of the war took administrative control on behalf of the United Nations from 1918 until independence on 1st January 1962. Western Samoa became the first Pacific nation to gain independence.