Western Samoa

Malotuto’atasi o Samoa i Sisifo—Independent State of Western Samoa
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Western Samoa, a former German protectorate (1899–1914), was administered by New Zealand from 1920 to 1961, at first under a League of Nations Mandate and from 1946 under a UN Trusteeship Agreement. In May 1961 a plebiscite voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence on the basis of a Constitution which a Constitutional Convention had adopted in 1960. The UN terminated the trusteeship agreement as from 1 Jan. 1962, on which date Western Samoa became an independent sovereign state.


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Further Reading

  1. Fox, J. W. (ed.) Western Samoa. Univ. of Auckland, 1963Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995

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