european settlement

Essay by Jaechun September 2014

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50000 years ago Aborigines arrived and lived in Australia. In 1788 the British arrived in Australia and had a big impact on Indigenous Australians. The Europeans took their land and brought diseases that killed Aboriginal people. There also had a big conflict between Europeans and Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal people live in Australia for 50000 years and they have their own culture and lifestyle before European came to Australia. They made fire in the trees and then kangaroos run to the area without trees. Aboriginal people killed them with spear and boomerang. Women got most of the food in Aboriginal society, such as small animals and plants to eat. They made big fish traps with rocks in the river to catch fish. In 1820 Joseph Lycett said: "Aborigines spearing fish, others diving for crayfish; a party seated beside a fire cooking fish". Aboriginal groups had lots of different games.

They played Mamgrook what looks like Australia football. They used art to express their beliefs and spiritual ideas and painted them on rocks, for example: Rock art from the Kimberly region in Western Australia. Those are called the 'Gwion Gwion' figures and are over 12,000 years old.

In 1788 British came to Australia and British settle looked down on the Aboriginal people as primitive natives, who were racially inferior and people whose backwardness had to be overcome in order to develop the land along European lines. Some Europeans thought the Aboriginal people were animals. This can be seen in the quote from the Australian Newspaper in 1838, "I look on the blacks as a set of monkeys, and the sooner they are exterminated from the face of the earth the better."

The relationship between Aboriginal people and Europeans is violent conflict and can't be...