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Cession of Manu'a Islands

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Whereas, the Islands of the Samoan Group lying east of Longitude 171 degrees west of Greenwich were, on the 16th day of February, 1900, by arrangement between the Govern­ments of Germany, Great Britain, and the United States of America, placed under the pro­tection of the Government of the United States of America;

And Whereas, on the 17th day of April, in the year 1900, the Islands of Tutuila and Aunuu, being portion of said Islands of the Samoan Group lying east of Longitude 171 degrees west of Greenwich, were, by the chiefs and rulers of Tutuila and Aunuu, ceded to and placed under the sovereignty and protection of the United States of America, and the govern­ment of said Islands was thereupon assumed by said United States;

And Whereas, in administering said govern­ment, the Islands hereinafter described, known as the Manu’a Islands, being the remainder of said Islands of the Samoan Group lying east of Longitude 171 degrees west of Greenwich, have been under the protection of the United States of America, and controlled and governed in con­junction with the islands of Tutuila and Aunuu;

And Whereas, at the request of Tuimanu’a, the King of Manu’a, and his chiefs, the United States Flag was, on the 15th day of June, 1900, raised on the Islands of Tau, of the Manu’a Group, for the purpose of granting protection to the people of the Manu’a Islands;

And Whereas, Tuimanu’a and his chiefs, being content and satisfied with the justice, fairness, and wisdom of the government as hitherto ad­ministered by the several Commandants of the United States Naval Station, Tutuila, and the officials appointed to act with the Commandant, are desirous of placing the Islands of Manu’a hereinafter described under the full and com­plete sovereignty of the United States of America to enable said Islands, with Tutuila and Aunuu, to become a part of the territory of said United States;

Now Know Ye: (1) That we, Elesare Tuimanu’a and the Chief whose names are hereunder subscribed, in consideration of the premises hereinbefore recited, have ceded, and, by, These Presents Do Cede, unto the Government of the United States of America, All Those, The Islands of the Manu’a Group, being the whole of eastern portion of the Samoan Islands lying east of Longitude 171 degrees west of Greenwich and known as Tau, Olosega, Ofu, and Rose Islands, and all other, the waters and property and adjacent thereto, together with all sovereign rights thereunto belonging and possessed by us.

To hold the said ceded territory unto the Government of the United States of America, to erect the same into a territory or district of the said Government.

(2)  It is intended and claimed by these Presents that there shall be no discrimination in the suffrages and political privileges between the present residents of said Islands and citizens of the United States dwelling therein, and also that the rights of the Chiefs in each village and of all people concerning their property according to their customs shall be recognized.

Done at the place of Faleula in Tau, in tripli­cate, in both the Samoan and the English languages, on this 14th day of July, in the year 1904, A.D.

 

King of Manu’a

and

 

District Governor       Tuimanu’a
County Chief of Fitiuta   Tufele
County Chief of Ofu         Misa
County Chief of Olosega  Tuiolosega
County Chief of Faleasao  Asoau
District Clerk   P. Logoai

 

United States Naval Station, Tutuila

District Court of Tutuila 

         No.5                       

Held at Tau, in Manu’a  

 

I Hereby Certify that on this 16th day of. July, in the year 1904, before me, Edwin W. Gurr, Judge of the District Court of Tutuila, personally appeared Tuimanua, the Governor of Manu’a; Tufele, County Chief of Fitiuta; Misa, County Chief of Ofu; Tuiolosega, County Chief of Olosega; Asoau County Chief of Faleasao; and Logoai, District Clerk of Manu’a; person­ally known to me to be the Tuimanua, high chiefs, and representatives of the people of the Islands of Manu’a, who, each for himself, acknowledged that he executed the attached Instrument of Cession, and affixed his seal thereto, freely and voluntarily, for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.

In Testimony Whereof I have caused the seal of the court to be affixed this 16th day of July in the year 1904.