A Political Chronology of South-East Asia and Oceania

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Samoa

c. 1000 BC: Samoa was settled.

AD 950-1250: Tongan invaders ruled Samoa.

1722: Samoa was sighted by the Dutch navigator, Jacob Roggeveen.

1768: The French explorer Louis Antoine Bougainville visited Samoa.

July 1830: Rev. John Williams of the London Missionary Society arrived in Samoa. The islanders rapidly converted to Christianity resulting in the suppression of many of their previous beliefs and a loss of much of their oral tradition of history.

1856: The German firm of Johann Cesar Godeffroy and Son established a post in Samoa for trading coconut oil, and Samoa became one of the most popular trading posts in the Pacific.

4 February 1872: A US naval ship arrived in Pago Pago (now the capital of American Samoa), and an agreement was drawn up with the High Chief giving US protection in return for establishing a naval station at Pago Pago.

1873: A US official, Albert Steinberger, became an adviser to the Samoan government.

April 1873: Malietoa Laupepa became monarch. A Constitution was drafted and Steinberger was appointed Prime Minister, but was later removed by foreign powers under charges of corruption.

1887: The Germans exiled Malietoa Laupepa and an official of the Deutsche Handels und Plantagen Gesellschaft (formerly Godeffroy’s) was appointed Prime Minister. This sparked a revolt and Germany, the USA and the United Kingdom all sent warships to Apia (now the capital of Samoa) to confront one another.

25 June 1887: A tripartite conference in Washington, DC (USA) began over the future of Samoa and differences between the USA and the United Kingdom on the subject.

April 1889: The Treaty of Berlin was signed, guaranteeing that Samoa would retain political independence under the control of its own monarch, who would be advised by British, German and US consuls.

1899: The islands were partitioned with Germany being granted the western islands (which became Western Samoa, now Samoa) and the USA the eastern islands (now American Samoa).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Australia 1
  • Brunei 16
  • Cambodia 22
  • East Timor 42
  • Fiji 50
  • Indonesia 58
  • Kiribati 81
  • Laos 85
  • Malaysia 96
  • Marshall Islands 108
  • Federated States of Micronesia 112
  • Myanmar 115
  • Nauru 127
  • New Zealand 131
  • Palau 145
  • Papua New Guinea 148
  • The Philippines 157
  • Samoa 176
  • Singapore 180
  • Solomon Islands 186
  • Thailand 191
  • Tonga 208
  • Tuvalu 211
  • Vanuatu 213
  • Vanuatu 215
  • Viet Nam 217
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