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Samoa MeSH Descriptor Data 2024

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an island group in Polynesia; AMERICAN SAMOA & INDEPENDENT STATE OF SAMOA are also available
Scope Note
A group of islands in the southwest central Pacific, divided into AMERICAN SAMOA and the INDEPENDENT STATE OF SAMOA (Western Samoa). First European contact was made in 1722 by Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutchman. In 1768 they were named Navigators Islands by Louis de Bougainville. The present name may derive from that of a local chieftain or from a local word meaning place of the moa, a now-extinct island bird. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1061 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p481)
Entry Term(s)
Navigator Island
Navigator Islands
Samoa Islands
Samoan Islands
Previous Indexing
Pacific Islands (1967-1970)
Western Samoa (1968-1995)
Online Note
use WESTERN SAMOA to search SAMOA 1994-95
History Note
96; was see WESTERN SAMOA 1994-95
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Samoa Preferred
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