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Samoa

Stamps issued: 1962-PRESENT

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1sh Talking Chief with Fly Whisk single

A group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Fiji. The native kingdom of Samoa was under the influence of the United States, Britain and Germany until 1899 when the islands were partitioned between the United States and Germany with Great Britain withdrawing its claims. The eastern islands were ceded to the United States by the local chiefs from 1900-04. American Samoa has since been administered by the United States, using regular U.S. stamps. Western Samoa was seized from Germany by New Zealand forces in 1914, and New Zealand subsequently administered the western islands under a mandate from the League of Nations (later the United Nations). Western Samoa became independent on Jan. 1, 1962. In 1977 the country's name was changed to Samoa. Ties to New Zealand remain strong.

Narrative by Linn's Stamp News

 

Precedent Countries:


WESTERN SAMOA
Stamps issued: 1935-1962

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1 1/2p Map of Western Samoa single
 

BRITISH DOMINION
Stamps issued: 1914-1935

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6p British Flag and Samoan House single
 

GERMAN DOMINION
Stamps issued: 1900-1914

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5m Kaiser's Yacht Hohenzollern single
 

PARTITIONED BETWEEN GERMANY AND UNITED STATES
Stamps issued: 1899

Overprint on 1sh stamp of Samoan Kingdom single
 

KINGDOM
Stamps issued: 1877-1899

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2 1/2p King Malietoa Laupepa single

 

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