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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

an indigenous name, said to be from the name of a Polynesian chieftain, or else meaning "place of the moa." Related: Samoan (1846, noun and adjective).


The Independent State of Samoa (, ), commonly known as Samoa and, until 1997, known as Western Samoa, is a Unitary Parliamentary Republic with eleven administrative divisions. The two main islands are Savai'i and Upolu with four smaller islands surrounding the landmasses. The capital city is Apia. The Lapita people discovered and settled the Samoan islands around 3,500 years ago. They developed a unique language and cultural identity.

Western Samoa was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976. The entire island group, which includes American Samoa, was called "Navigator Islands" by European explorers before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills.

Official languages are English and Samoan (Gagana Fa'asāmoa), which is also spoken in American Samoa.

Samoa (orca)

Samoa was a female killer whale captured in November 1983 in Iceland. She was captured off the east coast near Berufjordur and was sent to Saedyrasafnid aquarium before she was sold to Acuarama, a Brazilian aquarium along with a male named Nandu.

After Nandu's death, Samoa was Acuarama's only killer whale and was sold to SeaWorld. She was transferred to SeaWorld Ohio in May 1989, and was moved to SeaWorld Texas in October 1990.

During her stay at Texas she mated with an Icelandic killer whale named Kotar. Samoa died due to complications of giving birth. On March 14, 1992, Samoa went into premature labour, and died giving birth to a female calf a few hours later. The calf was stillborn. While Seaworld staff never reported unusual behavior, guests had made reports that prior to her death, Samoa had been coming out of the water and landing on the concrete slide-out area. It was the first reported death of a SeaWorld orca while giving birth.

The age of Samoa at the time of here death ranged from 12-14 as indicated in various sources.

Samoa (disambiguation)

Samoa may refer to:

  • Samoa, country in the South Pacific, officially Independent State of Samoa, formerly "Western Samoa"
  • Samoan Islands
  • American Samoa, US Pacific Territory
  • Samoans
  • Samoan language
  • Samoan tropical moist forests
  • Samoa, California
  • Samoa (ship) - a Liberty ship built in 1943, see :de:Samoa (Schiff, 1943)
  • Samoas, a variety of Girl Scout cookie

Usage examples of "samoa".

The problem is, how did Lapita ware travel to Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, where archaeologists have shown it to have arrived by 1500 B.

From Fiji it became known in Samoa and Tonga, and by the eighteenth century it had become known, but was still rare, in the Tahiti-Tuamotu sailing area.

He refrained from mapping both Fiji and Samoa, of which the nautically-minded Tongans had told him, and made his way to new waters in the North Pacific.

On this journey he discussed with the Wesleyans in Tonga a possible arrangement whereby Samoa be considered L.

In 1835 the Reverend Peter Turner went to Samoa to meet the urgent demand, and then in 1836 a party of L.

German settlers were developing plantations in Fiji and Samoa, and a handful of traders and wouldbe planters had become established in Tonga as well.

Christianity, with mission patronage and the only good harbour in Samoa in his territory, he was well placed to emulate Pomare II of Tahiti and establish a new set of rules for Samoan politics.

Apia and Samoa were in need of government more than any other settler community in the Pacific.

So for a time the small settler community dwelt on the fringe of Samoa, causing difficulties and embarrassements from time to time, but also serving the useful function of funnelling foreign, manufactured goods into Samoan society.

The inevitable impermanence of every attempted solution led foreign statesmen to the conclusion that Samoa could be governed only by international agreement, and therefore a series of conferences was held between 1885 and 1889 to try to work out a formula.

Actuated by the same considerations as those settlers in Fiji and Samoa who were hoping to take advantage of the high prices caused by the American Civil War, Towns concluded that Queensland had good plantation possibilities.

The same observations were true of Samoa, where plantation development was in its very beginnings, and where the principal developer, Godeffroys, was in the market for labourers.

The German plantations in Samoa and New Guinea made heavy demands for labour, which was necessitated in part by their comparatively high mortality rates.

More importantly, it gave perhaps 100,000 Melanesians direct, personal experience of life in European frontier-settlements: perhaps half of them in Queensland, about 20,000 in Fiji, and the remainder recruited by French and German agents for work in New Caledonia, Samoa and New Guinea.

He visited Samoa several times in the 1830s, and in 1839 approached his next goal, the New Hebrides, which was the next major group in the east to west progression of Christianity.