Foreword, by Carl Sanft
The work, study and research by Professor James Bade into the German-Tongan connection in the nineteenth century is to be commended as it provides important information on a subject and topic little known to the public. Professor Bade’s book Germans in Tonga provides valuable information on the Germans that came to Tonga in the nineteenth century and their descendants, while also providing a background to the impact, struggles and challenges facing those who migrated from Germany to the Pacific Islands in the mid- to late nineteenth century. As a German Tongan descendant myself I am particularly interested in the early German presence during the era of the emergence of trade between the Pacific Islands and the European powers which laid the foundation for the Pacific as we know it today.
Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany
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