The flag of Samoa
: ''fu‘a o Sāmoa'') was first adopted from February 24, 1949 for UN Trusteeships
, and continuously applied for the state's independence on January 1, 1962. It consists of a red field with a blue rectangle in the canton
. The blue rectangle bears the constellation
: four large white stars and one smaller star.
Prior to the
First World War
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, Samoa was a
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. German colonies used the flag of the Imperial Colonial Office
, a black-white-red tricolour
defaced with the
. The Imperial German government intended to introduce specific flags for the colonies (also based on the tricolour) and several proposals were created, but the war and the subsequent loss of all overseas territories prevented their official adoption.
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occupied German Samoa
in 1914 and officially gained control of the territory in 1919.
From the capture by New Zealand forces on August 29, 1914, a defaced ensign with three palm trees encircled, and emblazoned on the fly were used. The defaced Blue Ensign was used by vessels owned by the mandate government, or those operated in the government service, while the defaced Red Ensign was used by locally registered civilian ships.
File:Flag_of_Samoa_(1858-1873)_as_reported_in_the_Flags_of_Paradise_chart.svg, Flag of the Kingdom of Samoa as depicted in the Flags of Paradise chart, similar to the Ottoman flag (1858-1873)
File:Flag_of_Samoa_(1879).svg, Flag of the Malietoa dynasty in the Kingdom of Samoa (1875-1887, 1889–1900)
File:Flag_of_Tuiaana_line_1873-1887_1889-1900.svg, Flag of the Tuiaana dynasty in the Kingdom of Samoa (1875-1887, 1889–1900)
File:Flag_of_Tupua_Tamasesse_1887-1889.svg, Flag of the Tupua Tamasesse in the Kingdom of Samoa (1887-1889)
File:Reichskolonialflagge.svg, Flag of the German Colonial Office.
File:Flaggenhissung Samoa.jpg, The German colonial flag is raised, March 1, 1900.
File:Flag of Deutsch-Samoa.svg, First proposal for German Samoa's flag, never adopted.
File:Occupation of German-Samoa 1914.jpg, Hoisting of the Union Jack, August 30, 1914.
File:Flag of New Zealand.svg, The flag of New Zealand was used during the control of New Zealand Army, NZ-forces (1914–1920)
File:Flag of the Samoa Trust Territory.svg, Official Blue Ensign of Western Samoa Trust Territory, Western Samoa under League of Nations Mandate, Mandate with UK (December 17, 1920 – January 1, 1962)
File:Flag of Samoa (1948-1949).svg, Initial flag of Western Samoa acquired but not approved (26 May 1948).
File:Flag_of_Samoa.svg, Flag of Western Samoa under United Nations Trust Territory, Trusteeships with New Zealand, NZ (24 February 1949 – 1 January 1962)
*Flag of Taiwan
*Flag of Burma#1948 flag, Flag of the Union of Burma (historical)
*World Statesmen – Samoa
Flags introduced in 1949
National symbols of Samoa, Flag
Southern Cross flags