German West African Company

Flag of the German West Africa Company (DWAG)

The German West African Company, in German Deutsch-Westafrikanische Gesellschaft / Compagnie, was a German chartered company, founded in 1885. It exploited the two German protectorates in German West Africa (Togo and Cameroon) but did not actually govern them — unlike its counterpart in German East Africa.


The German West African Company was established as a chartered company with a headquarters in Hamburg. The company was active in both Kamerun and Togoland.[1] Following years of little profits, the company was absorbed by the German Empire on November 13, 1903.[2]


Main article: Kamerun

Now modern day Cameroon and part of Nigeria.


Main article: Togoland

Now modern day Togo and part of Ghana.

See also

Sources and references

  1. Schnee, Albert Hermann Heinrich (1908). Unsere Kolonien. Quelle & Meyer. pp. 37 & 54.
  2. German Bundesrat (1904). Die deutsche Kolonial-gesetzgebung. E.S. Mittler und sohn. p. 238.

Horst Gründer, Geschichte der deutschen Kolonien, 4th ed. (Paderborn, Ferdinand Schöningh, 2000).

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