To Walk Under Palm Trees

The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 104

In 1881, Kurt retired from the sea and took up the management of the 2,312-acre Vailele estate, which had been Godeffroy’s first plantation in Samoa. It was planted mainly in coconuts.

This sketch from German archives is the earliest known depiction of the Vailele plantings.

Credit: “Einhundert Jahre Australienfahrt 1886-1986,” Otto J. Seiler, Hapag-Lloyd.

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