Central America, the Lesser Antilles, and the Dutch West and East Indies


In May 1910, the Verein für Sozialpolitik (Association for Social Policy), an influential organization of German economists based in Berlin, decided to commission a series of studies on the colonization and settlement of tropical regions by Europeans, with the goal of determining whether and under what conditions such colonization was economically and socially sustainable. The studies were to assist in the development of the German overseas empire, and German East Africa in particular. Each study was to include an overview of a particular region of settlement; analyses of its economy, economic relations between native and settler peoples, and public health and the prevalence of diseases among the settler populations; and an assessment of the prospects for European settlement and colonization. The studies were to be written by leading academics from Jena, Munich, Berlin, and other German universities, and were to cover British, Dutch, German, and American colonies in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. This volume, published in 1912, is devoted to European settlement in Central America, the Caribbean, and the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia).

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Duncker and Humblot, München and Leipzig


Title in Original Language

Mittelamerika, Kleine Antillen, Niederländisch-West-und Ostindien

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171 pages ; 23 centimeters


  • Table of Contents: European settlement of Central America, by Professor Dr. K. Sapper. European settlement of the Lesser Antilles, by Professor Dr. K. Sapper. Dutch West Indies, by Professor Dr. D. Van Blom. Comments on the investigations by the association of social policy for Dutch East Indies, by ministry director (ret.) Dr. I. A. Nederburgh.
  • From the series: Writings by the Association for Social Policy, and the series: European settlement of the Tropics.

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