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Monument to Bismarck, Dar-es-Salaam, East Africa

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Monument to Bismarck, Dar-es-Salaam, East Africa

Monument to the German leader Otto von Bismarck, at Dar-es-Salaam, in what was then German East Africa (now Tanzania). The monument was destroyed by troops in 1916.
circa 1910

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This evocative photograph captures the Monument to Otto von Bismarck, a grand tribute to the German chancellor and politician who played a pivotal role in the unification of Germany in the late 19th century. The monument, located in the heart of Dar-es-Salaam, the largest city in German East Africa (now Tanzania), was erected around 1910 as a symbol of German colonial power and influence in Africa. The monument, which took the form of a bust of Bismarck, stood proudly overlooking the harbor, a testament to the ambitions of the German colonial empire. The African landscape and people in the background serve as a stark reminder of the vast and diverse continent that was being exploited and controlled by European powers. However, the tranquility depicted in this photograph was short-lived. In 1916, during the First World War, British and Indian troops, under the command of General Jan Smuts, invaded German East Africa and destroyed the monument, along with other symbols of German colonial rule. The fall of the monument marked the end of German colonial rule in Tanzania and the beginning of British control. Today, the site where the Monument to Bismarck once stood is a reminder of the complex and often tumultuous history of colonialism in Africa. The photograph serves as a poignant reminder of a time when European powers vied for control of the African continent, and the consequences of those actions that continue to shape the region today.

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