American Samoa

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American Samoa
Amerika Sāmoa / Sāmoa Amelika
Motto: "Samoa, Muamua Le Atua"  (Samoan)
"Samoa, Let God Be First"
Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner, Amerika Samoa
Capital Pago Pago1 (de facto), Fagatogo (seat of government)
Largest city Tafuna
Official languages English,
Samoan
Demonym American Samoan
Government Unincorporated territory of the United States
 -  President Barack Obama (D)
 -  Governor Togiola Tulafono (D)
 -  Lieutenant Governor Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia (D)
Unincorporated territory of the United States
 -  Tripartite Convention 1899 
 -  Deed of Cession of Tutuila
1900 
 -  Deed of Cession of Manu'a
1904 
 -  Annexation of Swains Island
1925 
Area
 -  Total 199 km2 (212th)
76.83 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 0
Population
 -  2010 census 55,519 (208th)
 -  Density 326/km2 (35th)
914/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2007 estimate
 -  Total $537 million (188)
 -  Per capita $7,874 (98)
Currency US dollar (USD)
Time zone Samoa Standard Time (SST) (UTC-11)
Calling code +1-684
Internet TLD .as
1. Fagatogo is identified as the seat of government.
American Samoa on a map of the world

American Samoa is a territory of the United States in Samoan Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.

International rivalries in the latter half of the 19th century were settled by an 1899 treaty in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago. The US formally occupied its portion - a smaller group of eastern islands with the noted harbor of Pago Pago - the following year. The western islands are now the independent state of Samoa. Though technically considered "unorganized" in that the US Congress has not passed an Organic Act for the territory, American Samoa is self-governing under a constitution that became effective on July 1, 1967.

The capital is Pago Pago, but the seat of government is Fagatogo.

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