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Atlas of Germany's Colonies and Illustrated Yearbook, edited by the German Colonial Society, 1910, The German Protectorates (I)
Trade of the Protectorates 1900-1908

A.) Imports (in 1000 Mark)

I. African Protectorates

1908 1907 1906 1905 1904 1903 1901 1900
East Africa 25.787 23.806 25.153 17.655 14.339 11.188 9.511 12.031
Kamerun 16.789 17.297 13.305 13.467 9.378 9.638 9.397 14.245
Togo (1) 8.509 6.700 6.433 7.760 6.898 6.105 4.723 3.517
South West Africa (2) 33.179 32.396 68.626 23.632 10.057 7.931 10.075 6.968
total I 84.264 80.199 113.517 62.514 40.672 34.862 33.706 36.761

(p.6) II. Pacific Protectorates

Bismarck-Archipelago (3) 2.385 2.588 2.390 2.271 1.759 2.115 1.331 1.288
Kaiser-Wilhelmsland (4) 723 815 917 686 567 799 325 378
Eastern Carolinas (5) 226 490 391 1.392 209 442 589 -
Western Carolinas, Palau (5) 389 490 459 136 125 359 -
Marianas (5) 1.367 176 120 72
1.495 239
Marshall Islands (6) 651 444 498 -
Samoa 2.503 2.826 1.096 3.387 2.317 2.681 1.571 2.106
total II 7.613 8.544 2.889 8.858 5.797 6.946 4.450 4.369
total I + II
B I and B II
91.857 88.743 8.381 71.372 45.469 41.808 38.156 41.130

(1) Regarding Togo, the Trade Statistics for 1906 contains, in all tables, the import values without the custom fees; the statistics for earlier years include these custom fees.

(2) The figures in all tables regarding the protectorate of Deutsch-Sudwestafrika for 1904 and 1905 include only private imports and exports; those imported and exported by the government were disregarded. The figures for 1906, and for the other protectorates, include government goods.

(3) The data until 1902 inclusive relate to the fiscal year, those since 1903 to the calendar year.

(4) The data refer to the calendar year.

(5) The data for 1902 refer to the fiscal year.

(6) The data for 1900 and 1901 refer to the fiscal year, the others to the calendar year.




B.) Exports (in 1000 Mark)

I. African Protectorates

1908 1907 1906 1905 1904 1903 1901 1900
East Africa 10.874 12.500 10.995 9.950 8.951 7.054 4.623 4.294
Kamerun 12.164 15.891 9.946 9.315 8.021 7.565 6.264 5.886
Togo 6.893 5.916 4.199 3.957 3.551 3.616 3.691 3.059
South West Africa 7.795 1.616 383 216 299 3.444 1.242 908
total I 37.726 35.923 25.523 23.438 20.822 21.679 15.820 14.147

II. Pacific Protectorates

Bismarck-Archipelago (4) 1.426 1.690 1.513 1.179 1.130 966 1.191 797
Kaiser-Wilhelmsland (4) 281 303 49 156 54 243 212 212
Eastern Carolinas (5) 98 111 137 101 200 181 483 -
Western Carolinas, Palau (5) 231 255 291 136 125 359 -
Marianas (5) 55 97 154 231
Marshall Islands (6) 4.016 1.111 570 700 583 522 -
Samoa 2.671 1.770 3.026 2.029 1.675 1.385 1.006 1.266
total II 8.723 5.240 5.641 4.398 3.923 3.884 3.568 2.831
total
B I and B II
46.449 41.163 31.164 27.836 24.744 25.563 19.368 16.978

 

C.) Total Trade (in 1000 Mark)

1908 1907 1906 1905 1904 1903 1901 1900
I. African Protectorates (1) (2) 121.990 116.122 139.040 85.952 61.494 56.541 49.526 50.908
II. Pacific Protectorates 16.336 12.782 14.022 13.256 9.719 10.830 8.018 7.200
sum 138.326 129.904 153.062 99.298 71.213 67.371 57.544 58.108

The figures for export and import of the German protectorate Kiautschou are given on page 34 under "Trade and Transportation"

How large was Germany's share in the external trade of its protectorates?

Total Trade Total Trade
with Germany
Total Import 1908 Germany's Share of the Import total export 1908 Germany's Share of the export
Mark Mark % Mark in Mark in % Mark in Mark in %
A. Africa
Kamerun 28.952.745 21.589.772 74,56 16.788.864 12.027.995 71,64 12.163.881 9.561.777 78,61
Togo 15.402.704 9.167.611 59,52 8.509.380 4.755.177 55,88 6.893.324 4.412.434 64,01
South West Africa 40.974.299 34.345.924 83,82 33.178.994 26.933.761 81,18 7.795.305 7.412.163 95,08
East Africa 36.660.627 17.667.043 48,19 25.786.771 11.533.731 44,73 10.873.856 6.133.312 56,40
sum 121.990.375 82.770.350 67,85 84.264.009 55.250.664 65,57 37.726.366 27.519.686 72,95
B. Pacific
New Guinea 4.815.075 2.123.355 44,10 3.107.682 1.083.369 34,86 1.707.393 1.039.986 60,91
Eastern Carolinas 324.460 172.364 53,12 226.164 80.649 35,66 98.296 91.715 93,30
Western Carolinas 620.633 146.684 23,63 389.292 95.513 24,54 231.341 51.171 22,12
Marshall-Islands 5.382.645 983.615 18,27 1.367.066 273.850 20,03 4.015.579 709.765 17,68
Samoa 5.174.059 1.796.542 34,72 2.502.826 543.658 21,72 2.671.233 1.252.884 46,90
sum 16.316.872 5.222.560 32,01 7.593.030 2.077.039 27,34 8.723.842 3.145.521 36,06
sum A 121.990.375 82.770.350 67,85 84.264.009 55.250.664 65,57 37.726.366 27.519.686 72,95
total 138.307.247 87.992.910 63,62 91.857.039 57.327.703 62,41 46.450.208 30.665.207 66,02

Source: Deutscher Kolonial-Atlas mit Jahrbuch, (Atlas German Colonies, with Yearbook), edited by P. Sprigade und M. Moisel, Yearbook and Remarks by Hubert Henoch. Berlin 1910, pp.5

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