Australian Aboriginals Essay

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The Europeans meet the Australian Aboriginals Before European explorers landed on the coast of Australia the natives of the continent, known as the Aboriginal People, occupied much of the land. The Aboriginals believed that the land owned you and that it would provide for you if you respected it. The British came to the continent and originally wanted peace however as expansion began the Aboriginals fought back forcing the British to break their peaceful ways.

In the year 1606 there was a Spanish Captain named Luis Vaez de Torres, who discovered a new land mass that no one knew about. Later another ship this time Dutch, departed on a voyage to chart the coast of this new land now called Australia. The ship then landed at what would
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The Aboriginals were much more scared of the Europeans guns than the Europeans were scared of their spears and knives (European discovery and the colonisation of Australia). The Aboriginals did not like the British as the British took over their land so they were becoming disconnected from it. Despite Governor Philips attempts to keep peace between the Aboriginals and his colony a conflict was inevitable as the European colony proceeded to get bigger and take over more of the Aboriginal land. The Aboriginals began starting conflicts over land, forcing Governor Phillip to retract his previous statement and allow his officials to fire on them. All hope to bring the Aboriginals into the British colonies was no more and in 1797 the decision was made to attempt to keep the Aboriginals out of the colonies as best as possible. (British-Aboriginal Relations)
Beginning in the late 1700s the government began programs to put the Aboriginals in their place. Their way of doing this was sending out expeditions of troops. These troops would be given the task to find any Aboriginals that were threatening British farms or settlers and punish them. This punishment could range anywhere from firing at the Aboriginals until they had retreated far enough to killing

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