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should be neutral territory, but the treaty was repealed in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.