American Samoa!

Geography Project.

Landforms of American Samoa.

  • The Vailulu'u Seamonth, an active volcano, lies 28 miles east of Ta'u. Growing inside the summit crater is an active underwater volcanic cone.

Climates of American Samoa.

  • Warm, tropical conditions through out the year.
  • Hot temperatures are moderated by the Pacific Ocean trade winds.

Plants and animals of American Samoa.

  • Ferns, Samoan Flycatchers, Tooth-billed Pigeon, unique snails, Solfia samoenis, Corybas betchei.

History of American Samoa.

  • 1830 is when English missionaries and trades began arriving.
  • Germany invaded a village in 1889.
  • A typhoon wrecked both the American and Germany ships.
  • Eastern Island became territory of the U.S, known as American Samoa.
  • During WWII, from the age 14+ were combat trained.

People and languages.

  • Over 362 villages.
  • Sunday is a day of rest.
  • Don't offer children money.
  • Samoan is nationally language.
  • English is official language in business, English is widely spoken.

Land use.

  • Villages are made up of customary land owned by extended family units.
  • Lifestyle is rural.

Religion and education.

  • 98.3% Christian, .7% agnostic, .3% Buddhist.
  • Literacy rate is 97%.
  • Education is compulsory and free for all children between ages 6 to 18.

Traditions, customs and foods.

  • Shoes should be removed before entering a fale. (House)
  • Ceremonial food is whole pigs, potatoes, salad, chop suey, pudding, cake and ice cream.
  • Two-thirds of farms have less than die acres.
  • Imports include food, fuel, raw materials and building materials.

Current Issues.

  • Limited natural freshwater resources.