Below is the translation of a letter in which the Kings and Chiefs of Little Popo and Grigi in Togoland (actual Togo) are asking for their lands to be placed under the protection of the German Imperial Majesty the Kaiser, i.e. to be placed under German protection, or rather placing (not knowing the full extent) their lands under German protectorate. This was signed on March 5th of 1884. Remember that Little Popo is now known as Aného in Togo. Grigi might have been the town of Glidji.
I. We, the signatories, Kings and chiefs of Little Popo and Grigi, express our gratitude to Your Majesty for having assisted us in upholding peace in our land.
II. There would be no threat and no uncertainty, if the British government would refrain from interference in the affairs of our lands, which it desires, while we desire her not to have it.
III. We ask Your Majesty to provide us with protection and to avoid such an annexion.
IV. We implore Your Majesty to come to our aid, as we have placed ourselves fully under your protection.
V. We humbly request to take quick action.
King Aiaushi Agbanor of Little Popo and Grigi,
chief Pedro Quadjo
and 11 other signatures
to His Majesty, the Kaiser of Germany
3 thoughts on “German Colonies in Africa: Togoland – Protectorate in Little Popo March 5, 1884”
I didn’t know Germany once colonized Togo.
Yes… Germany had 4 African colonies: Togoland (modern-day Togo), Kamerun (modern-day Cameroon), German South-West Afrika (Namibia), and German East Afrika (Tanzania)
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I knew that about Namibia and Cameroon, but I wasn’t aware of the others.