During an interview on the ship, Williams obtained permission from Malietoa to land Tahitian and Rarotongan missionaries in Samoa.
In addition, he secured a commitment from Malietoa to avail himself of the missionaries' teachings.
Although he traded a few nails for coconuts, Roggeveen was unable to entice any of the Samoans to board his ship.
Concerned about the lateness of the season and the poor anchoring terrain, Roggeveen decided not to attempt a landing.
Once in Samoa, the Lapita potters developed a material culture characterized by a few large stone fortifications, early attempts at irrigation, and a startling talent for producing highly finished boat timbers.
The quality of the ship timbers produced by the Samoans did not escape notice.
The French claimed the attack was unprovoked, although they admitted the attack came after they had fired muskets over the heads of a few Samoans to persuade them to release a grapnel rope to a long boat.
Western Samoa includes four inhabited islands: Upolu (which houses Apia, the nation's capital), Manu'a, Apolima, and Savaii, which is the largest but also the most underdeveloped of these islands.
The present of both coconuts and kava to Bougainville constituted a sua, or ceremonial offering of respect to a traveling party.
Kava roots were also ceremonially presented to the next European to visit Samoa, the French explorer La Perouse, on December 6, 1787.
Smaller groups have settled in Wellington, New Zealand; Sydney, Australia; Laie, Hawaii; Oakland, California; and Independence, Missouri.
Most older expatriate Samoans are immigrants, although many of their offspring are natural-born citizens of their host countries.