German: 1899 - 1914 Page 1

In 1899 Germany purchased Saipan and the other Northern Mariana Islands from Spain. Germany had a very small presence in Saipan, not more than 10 to 20 people at a time and they were mainly administrators. The administration ordered every adult to plant a certain number of coconut trees each year in an attempt to create a copra industry. German trading ships visited Saipan periodically to collect the copra. Although the German presence on Saipan was not great, they did introduce education, bureaucracy, and governance. When Germany was defeated in WWI, the ownership of the Northern Mariana Islands was given to Japan.

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