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Second Samoan Civil War
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Map featuring the locations of battles in which British and American forces fought.
LocationApia, Upolu, Samoa, Pacific Ocean
Result Allies and Rebels compromise for peace Tripartite Convention. Allies fail to defeat Mata'afa Iosefo's rebel forces.[1] In the final significant battle, Mata'afa defeats combined Allied force at the Battle of Vailele. United States acquires American Samoa, Britain withdraws claim in exchange for concessions in the Solomon Islands, Germany acquires German Samoa. Mata'afa Iosefo becomes paramount chief of Samoa.
Samoa Samoa
United Kingdom United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
United States United States
Samoa Mataafans
German Empire German Empire
Commanders and leaders
Samoa Prince Tanu
US Naval Jack 45 stars.svg Albert Kautz
United Kingdom Leslie Stuart
Samoa Mata'afa Iosefo
German Empire unknown

The Second Samoan Civil War was a conflict that reached a head in 1898 when Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States were locked in dispute over who should have control over the Samoan island chain, located in the South Pacific Ocean. At the war's conclusion in 1899, the United States was granted the eastern section of the islands, the Germans were granted the western section of the islands, and the British were given other Pacific island chains formerly belonging to Germany.[2] The German half is now an independent nation: The Independent State of Samoa. The American half has voluntarily remained under the control of the American government as the territory of American Samoa.


The allies were the Samoan followers of Prince Tanu and supporting naval forces from the United States and the United Kingdom who fought against the rebels of Mata'afa Iosefo.[3]

See also



  1. Kohn, George C (1986). Dictonary of wars, Third Edition. Facts on File Inc, pp. 479–480. ISBN 0-8160-6577-2. 
  2. Ryden, George Herbert. The Foreign Policy of the United States in Relation to Samoa. New York: Octagon Books, 1975. (Reprint by special arrangement with Yale University Press. Originally published at New Haven: Yale University Press, 1928), p. 574; the Tripartite Convention (United States, Germany, Great Britain) was signed at Washington on 2 December 1899 with ratifications exchanged on 16 February 1900
  3. Mains, P. John; McCarty, Louis Philippe (1906). The Statistician and Economist: Volume 23. pg. 249

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