Germany was a late bloomer among Europe’s imperial powers. After only attaining nation status in 1870, Bismarck’s newly unified Germany made up for its recent arrival on the world stage by snatching up overseas colonies as quickly as it could. In its relentless drive for what Kaiser Wilhelm II would later call Germany’s “place in the sun”, the burgeoning empire raced to secure territories throughout Africa, China as well as the Marianas, New Guinea, and the Caroline Islands.
Samoan Showdown – Germany Risks War With America in the 1880s
NH Mallet has an interesting blog. I recommend it.