Western Samoa

Samoa i Sisifo
  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Western Samoa, a former German protectorate (1900 to the First World War), was administered by New Zealand from 1920 to 1961, at first under a League of Nations Mandate and since 1946 under a United Nations Trusteeship Agreement. In May 1961 a plebiscite held under the supervision of the United Nations on the basis of universal adult suffrage voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence as from 1 Jan. 1962, on the basis of the Constitution, which a Constitutional Convention had adopted in Aug. 1960. In Oct. 1961 the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution to terminate the trusteeship agreement as from 1 Jan. 1962, on which date Western Samoa became an independent sovereign state.


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Books of Reference

  1. Statistical Year-Book. AnnualGoogle Scholar
  2. Fox, J. W. (ed.), Western Samoa. Univ. of Auckland, 1963Google Scholar
  3. Milner, G. B., Samoan-English, English-Samoan Dictionary. OUP, 1965Google Scholar

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