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Germany Seeks to Punish Natives In New Guinea

Germany was not a unified country until 1871. German trading companies had acted as “private colonizers” around the world but at the end of the 19th century, the country sought to legitimize its standing in the world by expanding its colonial empire. Bismark disliked colonies but the need for resources and the hopes of a great German naval fleet made colonial expansion a priority. In the Pacific, colonies were established in Samoa and the north-east part of New Guinea which was comprised of Kaiser-Wilhelmsland, New Pomerania, the Bismarck Archipelago, the northern Solomon Islands, the Carolina Islands, Palau, Nauru, the Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands.

On July 10, 1912 a German punitive expedition sent to Kaiser Wilhelm’s Land, New Guinea, in consequence of murder of Herr Petersen an ornithologist by natives.

German New Guinea postage stamp – 1910

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