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9476: Re: 9467: German navy in Haiti in 1900: Corbett needs more data (fwd)
Hi, this is Wolfgang Windel from Hamburg, Germany.
The postcard is from a set of 12 postcards, all about "Affäre Lüders"
(december 1897). The haitian-german Lüders was condamned by the haitian
authorities to go to prison, the german emperor sends two gunboats
("Charlotte", "Stein"). They demanded from president Simon Sam 20 000 $ and
a white capitulation-flag in front of the palace. The situation on the
postcard is the moment, when a german officiel gave the demands to the
harbour-captain of Port-au-Prince. President Sam paid the money, the german
gunships left the harbour in january.
The Affaire Lüders was the highpoint of the terrible gunboat-politic of
Germany in the 19. th century.