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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the German rule of Samoa. The German flag was raised at Mulinu’u on 1 March 1900 and ushered in an era of political and social stability. The 14 years of the German Administration, which ended on the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, were also a period of steady economic progress for the islands.

In the first chapter we present a gallery of images of officials from the German Administration and other photographs from official occasions. Most have not been seen before outside family albums and collections.

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