German New Guinea Company

German New Guinea Company
Flag of the German New Guinea Company (1885–1899).

The German New Guinea Company (German: Deutsche Neuguinea-Kompagnie) was a German Chartered Company which exploited insular territory in and near present Papua New Guinea.


In 1884, the New Guinea Company was founded in Berlin by Adolph von Hansemann and others for the purpose of colonizing and exploiting resources on Neu Guinea (German New Guinea), where German interest grew after British Queensland's annexation of part of eastern New Guinea.

Its influence soon grew to encompass the entire north-eastern part of New Guinea and some of the islands off the coast.

The Imperial German Government took official control in 1899.



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