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Publication . Part of book or chapter of book . 2018

US Naval Administration of American Sāmoa

Line-Noue Memea Kruse;
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Published: 01 Jan 2018
Publisher: Springer International Publishing

In 1900, President McKinley issued Presidential Executive Order No. 125-A, which delegated control of the American Sāmoan Islands to the Secretary of the Navy. Kruse examines the succession of Tutuila Naval Station Commandants who exercised full authority and powers over the Naval fleet as well as the civil administrators who governed American Sāmoa. Focusing on the Navy’s power over government and adjudication of introduced western law, particularly principles of adverse land possession that required corroboration of testimony, Kruse details how this perfectly supports the discourse of empire building. The chapter examines adverse land possession principles as the building blocks of nationalistic empire building, cloaked as an instrument to civilize and standardize Sāmoan society. Kruse reveals how the Navy favored the individual’s right to title, corroding communal lands available for Sāmoan communal usage that threatens the faˊamātai system.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Adjudication Navy Empire-building Western law Government Political science Possession (law) Presidential system Law Administration (government)

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