Why does everyone act surprised when we acknowledge the poor conditions indigenous people and the enslaved brought to foreign lands suffer currently. There was never any intention by the White man to treat the others as equal and with the basic respect due people. Are far as the White man was concerned the difference in skin color, languages, cultures deem the other race as inferior. No treaty could counter that level of bias.
Colonization defined is:
- the action or process of settling among and establishing control over the indigenous people of an area. “Africa boasts a tradition of higher education institutions that predate Western colonization”
- the action of appropriating a place or domain for one’s own use. “the complete colonization of television entertainment by reality shows”
In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and various Māori chiefs, bringing New Zealand into the British Empire and giving Māori “equal rights” with British citizens. There was extensive British settlement throughout the rest of the century. War and the imposition of a European economic and legal system led to most of New Zealand’s land passing from Māori to Pākehā (European) ownership, and most Māori subsequently became impoverished