German East Africa


German East Africa
a former German territory in E Africa, the area now comprised of continental Tanzania and the independent republics of Rwanda and Burundi.

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Former dependency of imperial Germany, corresponding to present-day Rwanda and Burundi, the continental portion of Tanzania, and a small section of Mozambique.

German commercial agents arrived in 1884, and in 1891 the German imperial government took over administration of the area. During World War I, it was occupied by the British, who received a mandate to administer the greater part of it (Tanganyika Territory) by the Treaty of Versailles (1919). A smaller portion (Ruanda-Urundi) was entrusted to Belgium.

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▪ former German dependency, Africa
German  Deutsch-ostafrika,  

      former dependency of imperial Germany, corresponding to present-day Rwanda and Burundi, the continental portion of Tanzania, and a small section of Mozambique. Penetration of the area was begun in 1884 by German commercial agents, and German claims were recognized by the other European powers in the period 1885–94. In 1891 the German imperial government took over administration of the area from the German East Africa Company. Although its subjugation was not completed until 1907, the colony experienced considerable economic development before World War I. During the war, it was occupied by the British, who received a mandate to administer the greater part of it (Tanganyika Territory) by the Versailles Treaty (1919). A smaller portion (Ruanda-Urundi) was entrusted to Belgium.

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Universalium. 2010.

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