Colonization: Battling Man, Battling Nature


Eleanor teaches Social Studies to 6th graders and spends the bits of time left over writing books that bring history -- and magic -- to life. She enjoys rock climbing, bullet journaling, & gardening focused on plants you can actually eat.

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  1. I enjoyed this post. These are difficult topics to discuss for a variety of reasons, but I think that studying them both for your writing and to use in your writing is awesome.

    I’m also American, and I totally understand how hard it is to view colonization from a distant standpoint. I think that will help you in your writing, though, because knowing how you view it will help you write characters who view it either your way, or another way, or completely dispassionately.

    • Eleanor says:

      Thanks, Heather! The biggest problem I had before I could even start to look at it “objectively” was just categorizing the distinctions between imperialism, colonization, migration, and settling. It’s amazing to me how muddy those waters are, but I imagine it’s difficult as difficult for real scholars to investigate as it was for me — though oddly enough I remember there being a lot more in my high school social studies curriculum than I could find on the internet.

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