According to Commodore Wilkes, Manuâ€™a presented many and very striking differences to other islands of the Samoa group. â€œTheir canoes, from personal observation present many differences from those to the westward. He describes them as being the best he had seen â€“ as being built of log, having upon it pieces fastened together to raise them sufficiently high. They are thirty or forty feet long, partly covered over at each end and are very swift, the chief usually sitting in the forward platform or deck. They have an outrigger which is not so far removed from the canoe as is usual. Such canoes most certainly present a very wide difference to those in use in other parts of the group, and with many other very striking differences, seem to point most clearly to some difference of originâ€.
From: Volume 4 1895 > Volume 4, No. 1 > Samoa: whence peopled? by John B. Stair, p 47-58
What are people's views to this and also because the article states that Manu'a was first settled.