Pago Pago

Pago Pago
/pahng"oh pahng"oh, pahng"goh pahng"goh, pah"goh pah"goh/
the chief harbor and town of American Samoa, on Tutuila island: naval station. 2491.

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Town and agglomeration of towns (pop., 2000: 4,278) that form the capital of American Samoa.

Located on the shore of a deep inlet on the southern side of Tutuila Island in the South Pacific Ocean, it was selected in 1872 as the site of a U.S. Navy coaling station. An active naval base until 1951, it is now a regular port of call. Its airport, opened in 1964, has stimulated tourist traffic and modernization.

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 port and administrative capital (since 1899) of American Samoa, south-central Pacific Ocean. Backed by densely wooded mountains, it is situated on an inlet that deeply indents the southeast shore of Tutuila Island, almost bisecting the island while forming an extensive, naturally protected deepwater harbour. The site was chosen in 1872 by Commander R.W. Meade, who negotiated facilities for a coaling station for the U.S. Navy from the Samoan high chief Mauga. It remained an active naval base from 1900 to 1951 and is now a regular port of call for all types of vessels. Canned tuna is the dominant export. Pago Pago International Airport, built partly on a fringing reef, opened in 1964 and has stimulated tourist traffic. Pago Pago, once depicted as a sultry and shabby town by Somerset Maugham (Maugham, W. Somerset) in his short story “Rain,” is now a residential and industrial centre. The urban agglomeration of Pago Pago includes a number of villages, among them Fangataufa, the legislative and judicial capital, and Utulai, the executive capital. Pop. (2000) village, 4,278; (2001) urban agglom, 15,000.

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