In 1867 came Charles Netzler, in 1868, August Nelson. The sole export of the group at this time was cocoanut oil. In the foreign community the English traders outnumbered any other nationality. English was then, and has always since been, the language upon which the various nationals met. The customary specie currency until the late ‘eighties was dollars of Central and South American countries, though other systems were also in use; towards the close of the ‘eighties and until annexation in 1900 American and English money were largely employed.
History of Samoa – R.M. Watson