A Common Hunger: Land Rights in Canada And South Africa by Joan G. Fairweather

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The fall of Michilimackinac on 7 July 82, to British and Indian forces, due in part to Tecumseh’s ingenious surprise strategy, was among the many decisive victories of the war. But the Treaty of Ghent, which formally ended the war in 84, did not restore any of the Indian lands lost before the American War of Independence. Tecumseh died in battle, and his dream of a united Indian front died with him. The War of 82 marked the end of an era for the Indians of British North America. In 830, the British government shifted Indian administration from the military to a new civilian arm of government.

In 84–5 alone, eleven thousand Irish immigrants arrived in Newfoundland. The Beothuk gradually retreated further into the interior until they were confined to a small area close to Red Indian Lake at the centre of the island. As settlement increased, the conflict intensified. The European settlers sent out so-called reprisal expeditions, very like those conducted by the Dutch East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope, to punish and subdue the Beothuk. In his 842 treatise about the situation in Newfoundland, Sir Richard Bonnycastle wrote: “It has been the disgraceful practice of the ruder hunters, furriers, and settlers 30 a common hunger ◉ Part One : Dispossesion Fishing village on west coast of Newfoundland (2004).

The cape under british rule Similar patterns of land alienation developed in the Cape of Good Hope. For the indigenous inhabitants, the end of Dutch rule in 806 and the advent of British rule was a significant landmark. When the British abolished the slave trade in 807, the Khoikhoi became increasingly important as a labour force. The slave-like status of the Khoikhoi was confirmed by the Hottentot Proclamation of 809, which made it a crime for them to be in a “white area” unless employed there.

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