German East Africa as a Settlement Region for Europeans, Taking into Consideration British East Africa and Nyassaland


As imperial Germany began creating an overseas empire in the late 19th century, many influential Germans sought to emulate the example of Great Britain, which had built its large and powerful empire in part by promoting the settlement of immigrants from the British Isles to British-controlled territories in other parts of the world, including East Africa and South Africa. Germany declared a protectorate in East Africa in 1885 and established the colony of German East Africa (present-day Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi) in 1891. In 1908, Friedrich von Lindequist, undersecretary in the German colonial office, led a commission to the highlands of German East Africa to study the feasibility of expanded settlement from Germany in the colony. Lindequist’s report compared conditions in German East Africa with those in British East Africa (present-day Kenya) and Nyasaland (present-day Malawi), and concluded that German settlers could thrive in regions situated 1200–2000 meters above sea level. The report was published in 1912 and served as the model for a series of studies on the lessons learned from European colonization in various tropical regions of the world. None of these plans for expanded overseas colonization were fulfilled, however, as Germany soon lost all of its colonies as a consequence of World War I.

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Duncker and Humblot, München and Leipzig


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Deutsch-Ostafrika als siedelungsgebiet für Europäer, unter berücksichtigung Britisch-Ostafrikas und Nyassalands

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ix, 114 pages : folded maps ; 23 centimeters


  • From series: Schriften des Vereins fur sozialpolitik, and series: Die ansiedelung von Europa ern in den tropen.

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