German exploration of Indonesia, 1880s

German exploration of Indonesia, 1880s

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Caption: German exploration of Indonesia. 19th-century artwork of German explorer Otto Ehrenfried Ehlers (1855-1895) presenting Mandar people from Indonesia to German Emperor (Kaiser) Wilhelm II (1859-1941). The Mandar people are from the island of Sulawesi (Celebes). Also present is the Kaiser's first wife Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (1858-1921) and four of his seven children. Ehlers published a book in 1894 about his travels. He died the following year in Kaiser-Wilhelmsland, part of German New Guinea. This wood engraving dates from circa 1888.

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