Samoa - country of coconut and cocoa
The Independent State of Samoa is often referred to as the “heart of
Polynesia” and covers an area of 2,934 square kilometers. It has a
population of 178,000, most of who are ethnically Polynesian. The
majority of the population profess to being Christian, and the
official language is Samoan, although English is widely spoken. The
currency is the Tara and Apia is the capital.
The Samoan flag is predominantly red, with a small blue rectangle in
the upper left had corner, containing five white five-pointed stars.
Red symbolizes courage, white symbolizes purity, blue symbolizes
freedom, and the five stars represent the Southern Cross.
Samoa was inhabited as early as 3000 years ago. About 1000 years ago
it conquered the Kingdom of Tonga, with the latter establishing an
independent kingdom in 1250. In 1722, the Dutch discovered Samoa,
and in the 19th century the British, Americans and Germans also
occupied it. In 1899, the German colony of Samoa became East Samoa,
ruled by the United States. Upon the outbreak of World War II, New
Zealand declared war on Germany and seized occupation of Samoa.
"World War", the United Nations will pay New Zealand Management Sa.
In 1954, an internal self-government was introduced, and on January
1, 1962, independence was declared, and the Independent State of
Western Samoa established. In July, 1997, it became formally known
as the Independent State of Samoa.
Economy and Cultural Customs
The major crops produced are coconut, cocoa, taro, bananas, and
breadfruit. Tourism is the main pillar of the economy and the
largest source of foreign exchange.
Samoa has the most unique scenery with a wind tunnel that is a
naturally formed volcanic beach hole, connected with to the bottom
of an undersea cave. During high tide, the tide from the rocks
beneath the channel pours into holes and emits from them a
spectacular 80 meter water column. This wind tunnel can produce more
than 20 columns in a row, a truly amazing sight.
Samoan houses don’t have walls, and are instead surrounded by
drapes, with a roof of dry sugar cane. Residents adorn their skin
with tattoos, which is a symbol of social status, and people of high
social status generally wear them all over their body, from neck to
The capital city, Apia, is very like the rest of the country.. HOS
flats are mostly "Pavilion" style, and quite idyllic. The city’s
beach boulevard was extended 5 kilometers, and is the city's main
thoroughfare and also the site of the business district.