Tuesday, 17 October 2017

AMERICAN SAMOA - Teritori o Amerika Sāmoa

American Samoa (Samoan: Amerika Sāmoa, also Amelika Sāmoaor Sāmoa Amelika) is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa.
American Samoa consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous island is Tutuila, with the Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory. American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group. 
In July 1997 the Constitution was amended to change the country's name from Western Samoa to Samoa (officially the "Independent State of Samoa") Western Samoa had been known simply as Samoa in the United Nations since joining the organization in 1976. The neighboring U.S. territory of American Samoa protested the move, feeling that the change diminished its own Samoan identity. American Samoans still use the terms Western Samoa and Western Samoans.

Getting envelopes from American Samoa is not very rare , but I failed three times by sending my envelops for postmarking. I believe they lost in transit, this is the fourth time I tried, finally got back my envelopes with postmarks from Pago Pago.  All the letters from American Samoa transit through Honolulu sorting center, that is why there is an extra machine postmark of Honolulu can be seen on the top of the envelope. The covers posted on September 20, 2017 and I received them in my hand on October 14, 2017. Thank You very much the postmaster for the big help.

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