Saturday, September 5, 2015

1 Tālā Samoa - Malietoa Tanumafili II Discovery of Samoa 1972

1 Tālā  Samoa - Malietoa Tanumafili II 

250th Anniversary of Jacob Roggeveen's Discovery of Samoa

        Nominal Valuce 
         Mintage            Year
         1 Tala
27.7 g
  38.8 mm
       35 000          1972

On 1 August 1721 Jacob Roggeveen left on his expedition, in the service of the Dutch West India Company, to seek Terra Australis. It consisted of three ships, the Arend, the Thienhoven, and Afrikaansche Galey and had 223 men on crew.
Roggeveen first sailed down to the Falkland Islands (which he renamed "Belgia Australis"), passed through the Strait of Le Maire and continued south to beyond 60 degrees south to enter the Pacific Ocean. He made landfall near Valdivia, Chile. He visited the Juan Fernández Islands, where he spent 24 February to 17 March. The expedition later arrived at Easter Island (Rapa Nui) on Easter Sunday, 5 April 1722 . He then sailed to Batavia by way of the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands, and Samoa.