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German East African Company (Germany)

deutsch-ostafrikanische gesellschaft

Last modified: 2014-01-18 by pete loeser
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[German East Africa Company (Germany)] 3:5 Image by Mark Sensen

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I believe the German East African Company had a white flag with a black cross on it. The canton was red with a constellation of five white stars resembling the southern cross set at an angle.
Stuart Notholt, 15 February 1996

In 1891, native rebellions made it apparent that the Company could not handle its African dominions, and it lost its monopoly to the German government which began to rule German East Africa directly, thus relegating the Company to running some plantations and trade business. After World War I, this flag became the symbol that unified all neo-colonial institutions and organizations. It was the most popular among all colonial flags.
Text modified from Pete Loeser: Historical Flags of Our Ancestors

German East Africa Company 1885-1895

Image by Eugene Ipavec

The German East Africa Company was an organization established at the start of the German colonization of East Africa. This company, in short, was responsible for the governing and development of the region for the Second Reich. It had, naturally both positive and negative effects in the region, and was unpopular with the native population.
This lesser known version of the flag of the German East Africa Company was used from about 1885 until the company adopted its more popular and well-known flag of 1895. Our drawing shows five-pointed stars, but they may have been four-pointed.
Text modified from Pete Loeser: Historical Flags of Our Ancestors

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