Kusae, on the Basis of British and German Nautical Charts / by E. Sarfert


This map of the volcanic island of Kosrae in the western Pacific is by Ernst Gotthilf Sarfert, a German ethnographer who participated in the German South Sea Expedition of 1908–10 and spent four months on Kosrae in 1909, studying the island and its people. Kosrae comprises one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the others being Pohnpei, also a single volcanic island; Truk, a group of 14 volcanic islands; and Yap, a group of four islands and 13 coral atolls. These islands are all part of the archipelago formerly known as the Caroline Islands. Spain, at the time the colonial power in the nearby Philippines, acquired sovereignty over the Caroline Islands in 1885–86, but sold the islands to Germany in 1899. Following Germany’s defeat in World War I, Japan took control of the islands under a League of Nations mandate. With Japan’s defeat in World War II, the islands were mandated to the United States as part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. The Federated States of Micronesia were formed from the trust territory in 1979 and became fully independent in 1990.

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L. Friederichsen & Company, Hamburg


Title in Original Language

Kusae, auf grundlage der brit. u. deutsch. seekarte / von E. Sarfert

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1 map ; 32 x 38 centimeters


  • Scale 1:45,000.

Last updated: February 12, 2016