An early map of both Samoa and American Samoa, created by George F. Cram at the turn of the 20th century. At the time, Samoa was controlled by Germany, but eventually fell into the control of New Zealand before going independent. via Wikimedia Commons

The Spanish Flu Outbreak of 1918: A Tale of Two Samoas

How quick thinking by a U.S. official saved thousands of lives from disease in an American territory — despite its non-American counterpart being decimated.

This piece is adapted from a recent piece of Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet. Here’s the original version.