Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A postcard from Samoa

Samoa is a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It became independent from New Zealand in 1962. Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore.

At the turn of the 20th century, the Tripartite Convention partitioned the Samoan Islands into two parts: the eastern island group became a territory of the United States and is today known as American Samoa.

2012 started the most unusual way when on 29 December 2011, Samoa officially traveled in time and changed time zone to be in line with Australia and New Zealand. Samoa jumped from the 29th to the 31st of December and was one of the first nations to greet the New Year.
A $3 overprinted millennium stamp.


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