Make Way For Colonisation

 

Lieutenant James Cook (yes, he was a a lieutenant, the captaincy came later) did not discover Australia.  The Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese sailed along some of our coast first, Cook merely claimed the land for the British Empire, an European legal nicety of the time. This meant that when Britain wanted a new penal colony Australia was one option. In 1788 the first convicts and colonists arrived. These pastoralists weren’t prepared to put up with a nomadic Indigenous population and systematically killed, enslaved and suppressed Indigenous cultures. The difference in technology was such that the British might as well arrived on flying carpets.  There was also the arrival of disease, the worst of which was small pox, which the Indigenous population had no immunity to.

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