Definition of Samoa
1 or formerly Navigators Islands islands SW cen Pacific N of Tonga Islands; divided at long. 171°W into American, or Eastern, Samoa & independent Samoa area 1209 square miles (3143 square kilometers) — see American Samoa
2 or formerly Western Samoa islands SW cen Pacific W of American Samoa; formerly administered by New Zealand; an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1962 ∗ Apia (on Upolu Island) area 1100 square miles (2850 square kilometers), pop 179,186
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