American Samoa, a dependent possession of the United States, consists of four small, volcanic islands in the tropical Southwest Pacific. The territory is a physical, ethnic and cultural outlier and close neighbor of the very much larger, independent, Western Samoa. American Samoa has a limited, largely subsistence agriculture, a low level of technology and a population which, since 1956, despite a rapid birth rate, has decreased because of emigration. Western Samoa on the other hand has a well-developed commercial agriculture, a rapidly increasing population and a relatively high economic potential.
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"Perspective on Land Use—American Samoa,"
Journal of the Graduate Research Center: Vol. 34:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.smu.edu/journal_grc/vol34/iss3/3