Education is compulsory between ages 6 and 18 and is provided by public elementary and secondary schools as well as a small number of private schools.The Office of Public Information provides educational television programming to supplement the curriculum of local schools. Songs and dances in particular show the islanders’ Polynesian heritage.Samoa had become the point of origin for voyagers who settled much of eastern Polynesia.The Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen sighted Samoa in 1722, and other European explorers, beachcombers, and traders followed. government appointed a governor who had full powers to administer the territory.The islands also have myriad and ubiquitous flying and crawling insects.Samoan; there are tiny minorities of Tongan and Filipino origin and of people of mixed ethnicity.
About another one-seventh of the population is Roman Catholic. Pago Pago, the only real urban area, is the main port and administrative and commercial centre.
American Samoa, officially Territory of American Samoa, unincorporated territory of the United States consisting of the eastern part of the Samoan archipelago, located in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The territory, which is part of Polynesia, includes the six Samoan islands east of the 171° W meridian.
It lies about 1,600 miles (2,600 km) northeast of New Zealand and 2,200 miles (3,500 km) southwest of the U. Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), its closest neighbour and a self-governing country, consists of the nine Samoan islands west of the meridian.
Traditional family gardens produce coconuts, breadfruit, and yams. The United States and Singapore are the main sources of imports (which include fish destined for the canneries, consumer goods, food, and mineral fuels), although Fiji and New Zealand are also notable exporters of goods to American Samoa. nationals (with the right to enter and reside in the United States) but not citizens. American Samoa has a bicameral legislature, called the Fono, which meets for two sessions each year.
The United States is the primary destination for exports, which consist mostly of canned tuna, along with a small amount of pet food. secretary of the interior, who has had jurisdiction over the territory since 1951, gave American Samoa the authority to draft its own constitution (1967). The territory’s chief executive, according to the constitution of 1967, is the governor. It is autonomous in its disposition of local revenues and is the sole lawmaking body, although the governor has the power to veto legislation.