The archipelago was populated like Tonga during the latter part of the 11th century BC. of Polynesians who made so-called Lapita ceramics. Ceramic production ceased around Kr.f. Some findings suggest that Samoa was a springboard for the further colonization of eastern Polynesia.
The latter part of Samoa’s prehistory is characterized by of cultivation terraces and monuments in the form of soil plants, stone houses and platforms. At the time of contact with the Europeans, Samoan society was dominated by a partially elected chief hierarchy.
For Samoa’s older history, see Samoa Islands (History). A treaty in Berlin in 1889 between the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany stipulated that all of Samoa should be neutral territory, but the treaty was repealed in 1899 after internal conflicts had erupted in Samoa. The same year, Britain left the area, and it was divided between the United States, which received the eastern parts, and Germany, which received Samoa. After World War I, Samoa became a mandate under the NF and was managed from New Zealand. See abbreviationfinder for geography, history, society, politics, and economy of Samoa.
In 1961, the local people voted for a preliminary constitution, and in 1962 Samoa became the first state in Polynesia to become an independent state. During the 1990s, the economy has weakened, among other things. due to falling world market prices of cocoa and copra, reduced tourism and a decrease in the number of guest workers in New Zealand.