Country of the World American Samoa

About the country American Samoa, its location, size, population, leaders and rulers.

NATIONS AND THEIR RULER

SAMOA, AMERICAN

Size: 76 sq. mi. (197 sq. km.), slightly larger than the District of Columbia.

Population: 30,000.

American Samoa consists of five islands of volcanic origin and the two coral atolls known as Rose (uninhabited) and Swain (less than 100 residents).

After 77 years of life under Washington-appointed rulers, residents of this U. S. South Pacific territory walked into voting booths on Nov. 8,1977, to elect their first governor.

Samoan social structure is rigidly based on the extended family. The patriarch of each clan lays down the law to his people and represents them in all village and district affairs. These chiefs, or matai, now number over 600.

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