What country is Samoa a part of?
Samoa is not part of any other country. It is its own independent country.
Can you make sense? Samoa's a country, and the US got American Samoa from the country of [Actual] Samoa, maybe? Eastern Samoa and Western Samoa (as they were referred to in colonial times) were all one country to begin with. During the 1st world war, America occupied American Samoa and Germany occupied Western Samoa. So I suppose you're right 187baby, the US got (part) of Samoa from Samoa.
Samoa was once part of the U.S. The Polynesian nation joined Guam and Hawaii under the U.S. umbrella. Due to national identity, however, Samoa would split into Western Samoa and U.S. Samoa. While both nations are still heavily influenced by the U.S., Western Samoa can still call it itself independent.
Western Samoa is the name American Samoans use to describe the independent nation Samoa. It consists of two Islands with the western one resembling a lob-sided kite, annd the eastern one looks a little like a sideways madagascar. The two islands are about the same size Western Samoa is NOT a term derived from American Samoans! Western Samoa was given this name in colonial times when this country was not governed independently, so that foreign…
It used to be one whole country. Samoa. Until world war I when the US occupied American Samoa for its naval base in Pago Pago, and Western Samoa was occupied by Germany, and then NZ. Now, Samoa (no longer called Western Samoa) is an independent country, whereas American Samoa is still a US territory (but is governed by Samoan representatives and a Samoan Governor). So now there is American Samoa and Samoa.
Because American Samoa is not a US state. American Samoa is a US territory and as such, it can participate like a separate country. Furthermore, do note that American Samoan's are defined as US nationals and note US citizens. Think of American Samoa as boarder-line between being a US state and an independent country. It is defined as an "unorganized" US Territory.