What Is Samoa?

Samoa is a place full of culture and the people who keep it alive. They have not changed much since they were first discovered which makes the island a sort of time capsule of what the Samoa culture was like years and years ago. On this site you will learn more about their culture and customs and learn what it is like to live in Samoa.

Samoa not just one piece of land, but nine tiny islands that is located North of New Zealand. The island’s names are: Fanuatapu, Namu’a, Nuutele, Nuulua, Nuusafee, Savai’I, Upolu, Manono and Apolima. Although there are nine islands Savai’I, Upolu, Manono and Apolima are the ones that are most inhabited by people.

The first sign of settlement in these islands was in 1000 BC. They flourished and by 200 BC Samoa was the center or trading between neighboring countries. The first European to come across the islands in 1722, was a man named Jacob Roggeveen. The islands first name was Navigator Islands in 1768 because when a man named Louis-Antoine de Bougainville came to the islands he saw the people in canoes. It wasn’t until July of 1997 that Western Samoa took on the official name “Samoa.”