Port of Apia
Review and History

The Port of Apia is the capital and the only port and city on Upolu Island in the independent nation of Samoa. The Port of Apia Harbor lies on the northern coast of the island in the South Pacific. The Port of Apia's economy is based on the export of fruits, coconut products, foodstuffs, and electric parts to American Samoa. In recent years, the Port of Apia has also become a center for tourism and manufacturing. In 2001, over 38 thousand people lived in the Port of Apia.

Port History

The Port of Apia took the name of the village around which it grew. The village still has its own chief.

The Port of Apia was founded in the middle 1800s. Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson lived in the Port of Apia for the last year of his life. His home, called Failima, is now the residence of the country's head of state. The writer is buried at Mount Vaea to the south of the Port of Apia.

The Port of Apia fell victim to a heavy typhoon in 1889 during the colonial period that destroyed six warships.

During World War II, United States Marines were garrisoned in the Port of Apia, and they built roads and an airstrip still in use today.

The modern Port of Apia's urban area stretches from the village of Letogo to the new industrial area called Vaitele.

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