The Flag of American Samoa

The flag of American Samoa features a simple yet distinctive design, consisting of a blue field with a white triangle edged in red that points towards the hoist side. Within the triangle, there is a depiction of a bald eagle clutching a war club and a fly-whisk, symbols reflecting the local culture and the United States. The flag's colors of red, white, and blue echo those of the United States, indicating American Samoa's ties to the country.

The Flag of American Samoa

History

The flag of American Samoa was officially adopted on April 27, 1960. The territory's flag was designed to represent its cultural heritage as well as its relationship with the United States. The bald eagle, a symbol of the United States, signifies American Samoa's status as an unincorporated territory of the U.S. The war club and fly-whisk are traditional symbols of the Samoan chiefs' authority and wisdom. These elements together reflect the blending of American and Samoan cultures and the territory's position under U.S. sovereignty. Prior to 1960, American Samoa did not have a flag of its own, and the stars and stripes of the United States were commonly used to represent the territory.