Collection DOC 469 - An outline of Samoan History

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An outline of Samoan History


  • 1958 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm

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This early edition of Sylvia Masterman’s, An Outline of Samoan History (67pp., Ts., roneo, maps, appendices), was published by the Western Samoan Education Department in 1958. It consists of 17 chapters, as follows:
1. The Polynesian People
2. Polynesian Voyages
3. Samoa before 1830
4. European Exploration of the Pacific
5. The Coming of Missionaries
6. The Growth of Trade. The Germans in Samoa
7. The United States and Samoa
8. Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand Interests in Samoa
9. Strife in Samoa 1835-1880
10. The Troubled Years 1880-1889
11. An Attempt at International Control 1890-1900
12. German Samoa 1900-1914
13. New Zealand Occupies Western Samoa 1914
14. Western Samoa becomes a mandated territory
15. The Years of the ‘Mau’ 1926-1936
16. Towards Self Government
17. American Samoa

Appendices: 1. Pili the Father of the Samoan Race; 2. The ‘Callipoe’;
3. Robert Louis Stevenson; 4. Volcanic Eruption in Savaii – 1905;
5. Comparative Word List; 6. Chronology; 7. Word List

A later edition was published in Samoan and English in 1980.

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Tuvalu National Library and Archives, Funafuti.

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