Society for German Colonization
The Society for German Colonization (Gesellschaft für Deutsche Kolonisation, GfdK) was founded on March 28, 1884, by Dr. Karl Peters
Karl Peters
Karl Peters , was a German colonial ruler, explorer, politician and author, the prime mover behind the foundation of the German colony of East Africa...

. The goal of the Gesellschaft für Deutsche Kolonisation was to acquire German colonial territories in overseas countries.

In the autumn of 1884 Dr. Peters proceeded, together with Count Joachim von Pfeil und Klein Ellguth and Dr. Karl Jühlke, to Zanzibar
Zanzibar ,Persian: زنگبار, from suffix bār: "coast" and Zangi: "bruin" ; is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja , and Pemba...

 and from there to the East African mainland. During this journey he concluded treaties with the chiefs of Useguha, Nguru
Nguru may refer to:* The Pila Nguru, an aboriginal people of Australia* Nguru, a small Māori nose flute from New Zealand* Nguru, Nigeria, a town in Yobe State* The Hadejia-Nguru wetlands, wetlands in northern Nigeria...

, Ijsagara and Ukami, in the name of the Gesellschaft für Deutsche Kolonisation.

Returning to Europe early in 1885, he formed the Deutsch-Ostafrikanischen Gesellschaft
German East Africa Company
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 activities in the new colony such as setting up leadership, future explorations, and the development of the region.In 1888, the...

, which speedily obtained an imperial charter.

The Gesellschaft für Deutsche Kolonisation was merged in 1887 with the Deutschen Kolonialverein into the Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft.

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