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Deutscher Kolonial-Atlas mit Jahrbuch, edited by the German Colonial Society, 1907, World Map
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Survey of German colonial possessions and of the German Empire's mail steamer lines

Trade : German foreign trade, in million Mark, amounted to, in the years

  1906 1905 1904 1903 1902
import 8339,3 7486,3 6854,5 6321,1 5805,8
export 6243,7 5841,8 5315,6 5230,3 4812,8

According to these figures, imports in 1906 exceeded those of 1902 by 2533.5 million Mark, those of 1905 by 903 million Mark. Exports exceeded those of 1902 by 1430.9 million Mark, those of 1905 by 401.9 million Mark. If we deduce the trade in precious metals, the following figures express real trade in goods:

  1906 1905 1904 1903 1902
import 7850,5 7128,8 6354,3 6002,7 5631,0
export 6125,0 5731,6 5222,8 5014,7 4677,8

The increase of real trade, in imports from 1902 to 1906 thus amounted to 2219.5 million Mark (29 %), from 1905 to 1906 721.7 million Mark (10 %), of exports from 1902 to 1906 1447.2 million Mark (31 %), from 1905 to 1906 
393.4 million Mark (7 %).

Merchant fleet : The German fleet, in regard to her total capacity, lags behind only those of Great Britain and of the United States; when it comes to the numer and capacity of the merchant steamers, she claims second rank. On April 1st 1906 steamers over 1000 tons under German flag numbered 847, sailing ships 200. (steamers over 100 net register tons 1351, sailing ships over 50 net register tons 991). The combined crew of the merchant fleet on January 1st 1905 numbered 60,618 men (an increase over the last year of 3.2 %).

Imperial Navy1 : The Imperial navy disposed over completed ships or vessels under construction on January 1st 1907 26 ships of the line (4 outdated ones not included), 8 protected cruisers for coastal operations, 6 protected cruisers, 6 large cruisers, 29 protected small cruisers, 11 unprotected cruisers, 9 cannon boats, about 20 schooling ships without combat value, 11 special ships, 2 port vessels and 1 submarine. The combined crew amounted to about 43,631 men.

1 From Weyer: "Taschenbuch der Kriegsflotten, 1907" (Navy manual)



 


Source: Deutscher Kolonial-Atlas mit Jahrbuch (Atlas German Colonies with Yearbook), edited by the Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft (German Colonial Society). Berlin 1907, p.4

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