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WESTERN SAMOA: Handbook of Western Samoa.



The first edition of an attractive official guidebook to the Pacific Island territory of Western Samoa, then a mandate ruled by New Zealand, published by the Government Printer in Wellington.

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8°: 174 pp. with numerous illustrations imbedded in text, plus 2 maps (1 folding), bound in original card covers with illustrated front panel (Very Good, internally some areas of light toning; binding with a couple tiny stains to front panel and spine rubbed with some cracking to foot).

This attractive little book contains perhaps the most thorough and authoritative overview of the Western Samoa from the early period of the New Zealand mandate.  It contains intriguing sections covering history, physical geography; flora and fauna; climate; the native peoples; Christian missionary activities; the former German regime; current admiration; economy; land tenure; labour and tourist information.  The work is augmented by 2 maps, one being a folding map of the territory; numerous photography illustrations; plus, appendices with much statistical and bibliographical information. 

Western Samoa, today official known as the Independent State of Samoa, consts of the western sot major islands of the Samoa chain, Savai’a and Upolu.  In 1899 the Samoan Islands were dived into German Samoa (later Western Samoa) and the eastern Section which became American Samoa.  After works War I, German lost all its colonial possessions and Western Samoa became a League of Nations mandate governed by New Zealand.  Western Samoa became intendent form New Zealand in 1962, and formally changed its name in 1997 to the Independent State of Samoa; American Samoa remains a U.S. terrotory.

References: OCLC: 698890638 / 460662344.  

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