German East Africa
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German East Africa

Situated on the coast of the Indian Ocean, between Portuguese Mozambique to the south, British East Africa to the north, and the Belgian Congo to the west, German East Africa comprised the modern states of Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi.

Declared a territory of the German Reich in 1885, with 7.5 million inhabitants the country was the most populous German colony, and at 995,000 km2 also the largest. Some 5,300 Europeans lived in the colony in 1914. The British government decided to capture German East Africa as early as August 1914. As with t…

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Zimmerer, Jürgen, “German East Africa”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0241>
First published online: 2015



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