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Atlas German Colonies, with Yearbook, edited by the German Colonial Society, 1907, Distribution of the Colonial Possessions of European States
Distribution of the Colonial Possessions of European States

I. German Possessions

official title area
sq. km = square kilometers
population (maximum) white inhabitants
1. Togo 87,200 sq. km 1,000,000 243
2. Kamerun 495,600 sq. km 3,500,000 896
3. Südwestafrika 835,100 sq. km 200,000 6,366
4. Ostafrika 995,000 sq. km 7,000,000 1,873
total 2,412,900 sq. km 11,700,000 9,9701

II. British Possessions

official title area sq. km2 population 
1. Gambia (including adjacent protectorated territories) 11,700  90,000
2. Sierra Leone and Protectorate 88,400 (est.) 1,077,000
3. Gold Coast Colony 102,000 1,486,000
4. Lagos 8,900 1,389,000
5. Southern Nigeria 130,000 (est.) 3,056,000
6. Northern Nigeria 840,000 (est.) 10,000,000
7. Cape Colony 720,000 2,410,000
8. Basutoland 26,000 349,000
9. Natal 77,000 1,109,000
10. Bechuanaland Protectorate 1,000,000 122,000
11. Transvaal 290,000 1,269,000
12. Orange River Colony 130,000 387,000
13. Operation sphere of the British South Africa Co.  1,500,000 1,326,000
14. British Central
Africa Protectrate
120,000 924,000
15. Zanzibar, East Africa Protectorate, Uganda, Somaliland Protectorate (est.) 2,000,000 8,050,000
16. St. Helena and Ascension 200 5,000
17. Mauritius with Rodriguez and Diego Garcia 1,800 384,000
18. Seychelles 380 20,000
total min. 7,046,380 sq. km min. 33,500,000

III. French Possessions

official title area sq. km(3) population 
1. Algeria 479,000 (4) 5,231,850
2. Tunisia 130,000 1,600,000
3. Sahara (est.) 3,500,000 (?)
4. Senegal 470,000 1,132,000
5. French Guinea (?) (est.) 1,500,000
6. Ivory Coast 250,000 2,250,000
7. Dahomey (?) (?)
8. French Congo (est.) 1,800,000  (est.) 10,000,000
9. French Somali Coast and dependencies (est.) 36,000 (est.) 200,000
10. Madagascar etc. 592,000 3,500,000
11. Mayotta, Glorieuses, Comoren (est.) 2,067 (est.) 50,000
12. Réunion 2 600 173,000
total min. 7,261,667 sq. km min. 25,500,000

(p.6)

IV. Portuguese Possessions(5)

official title area sq. km population 
1. Cape Verde Islands 3,850 147,000
2. Portuguese Guinea 37,000 200,000
3. Islands St. Thome and Principe 1,080 42,000
4. Angola 1,315,460 1,500,000
5. East African Free State 768,740 3,120,000

total

2,126,130 sq. km 5,009,000

V. Spanish Possessions

official title area sq. km population 
1. Canary Islands 7,273 358,564
2. Rio de Oro 188,600 (?)
3. Fernando Póo 2,000 20,000
4. Anno-Bom 17 3,000
5. Rio Muni 25,600 (?)

total

223,490 sq. km max. 381,564

VI. Italian Possessions 

official title area sq. km population 
1. Eritrea 247,300 330,000
2. Somaliland 260,000 360,000
Gesamt 507,300 sq. km 690,000

VII. Belgian Possessions

official title area sq. km population 
Congo Free State 2,253,000 14,100,000

VIII. Türkish Africa

official title area sq. km population 
1. Egypt 2,959,000 19,833,000
2. Tripoli with Benghazi 1,033,400 1,000,000

total

3,992,400 qkm 20,833,000

IX. Independent States

official title area sq. km population 
1. Morocco 439,000 (est.) 8,000,000
2. Liberia 85,350 (est.) 1,500,000
3. Abyssinia 540,000 (est.) 4,000,000

(1) = from the 1903 census (back)

(2) = the figures are taken from the "Colonial Office List" of 1905. The area frequently is only estimated. (back)

(3) = the figures are from "Atlas des Colonies francaises" (Paris 1902), edited by Paul Pelet on behalf of the French Ministry of Colonial Affairs" (Paris 1902). (back)

(4) = of these 729.960 Europeans  (back)

(5) compare "Atlas Colonial Portugues" edited by "Ministerio des Marinha e Ultramar" 1903. (back)





 


Source: Deutscher Kolonial-Atlas mit Jahrbuch (Atlas German Colonies with Yearbook), edited by the Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft (German Colonial Society). Berlin 1907, p.5f

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