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Title:Sea captain Rodatz in Massawa and Tigray, 1843-48: pre-colonial exploration and the quest for an East African commercial station for Hamburg
Author:Smidt, Wolbert G.C.
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 0304-2243)
Volume:40
Issue:1-2
Pages:331-352
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Germany
Subjects:expeditions
mercantile history
1800-1849
About person:Hans Albert Rodatz (1816-1849)
Abstract:In the mid-19th century the young north German sea captain, Hans Albert Rodatz (1816-1849), built a ship and went to the unexplored ports of the eastern African coast to inquire about the possibilities of establishing trading stations for Hamburg merchants at these peripheries. Among other stops, Rodatz arrived at Massawa, and described all the import and export products found there, and discussed the possibilities of economic involvement of northern Germans. He also travelled to Tigray and had an audience with 'Däjjazmach' Wubé of Simén and Tigray. The data he left behind are an interesting source for the economic history of the northern borderlands of Ethiopia directly preceding the epoque of imperialism and economic expansion of Europe into the Red Sea. App., bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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