American Samoa - (Ocenania)
Information about American Samoa
American Samoa is a group of five volcanic islands with rugged peaks, limited coastal plains, and two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island located in the South Pacific Ocean), all located about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Pago Pago, its capital city, has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered from rough seas by its natural configuration and protected from high winds by peripheral mountains; it has a strategic location in the South Pacific. American Samoa is a territory of the USA, administered by the US Department of Interior. Economic activity is strongly linked to the USA, with which American Samoa conducts between 80% and 90% of its foreign trade. Tuna fishing and tuna processing plants are the backbone of the private sector, with canned tuna the primary export. The tuna canneries and the government are by far the two largest employers. Other economic activities include a slowly devel oping tourist industry. Subsidies from the US government add substantially to American Samoa’s economic well-being.
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