Question: The British settlers were justifiedin declaring
Australia to be terra nulius?
Were the British settlers justified in declaring Australia terra nulius? The British bought a lot of things to Australia by declaring it terra nulius, such as they took the land of the Aborigines; they introduced Australia to houses, farms, clothes and money.
The British decided that the Aborigines weren’t living there or didn’t have a government before they checked the evidence, and they tried to replace the Aboriginal rules and culture with their own rules and cultures.
The British took the land that the Aborigines had lived on for hundreds of years off of them because they didn’t believe that the Aborigines could live there if they kept moving around. The Aborigines moved around so that they could go to a new place with food so they could ...view middle of the document...
The Aborigines culture went down hill after they were made to wear clothes or live wear they were told to and be surrounded by fences.
The Aborigines had to re adjust to everything that was going on around them, and while they did that the British took away their culture and gave them theirs.
The British claimed that Australia was terra nulius before checking the facts about it.
The Aborigines had elders which were the government for the different tribes, but the British either didn’t care or didn’t recognise that they had always been their. The British bought in their own government that they thought would help but really they didn’t help that Aborigines in any way, only the British settlers. The only way the government did help that Aborigines with was the punishment if a British settler did anything to an Aborigine, but like today, the law didn’t always work out and some of the guilty got away.
The British took away the Aborigines rules and culture and forced them to follow theirs. The British might not of known about the Aborigines rules or they just didn’t care and made them follow their rules anyway. The British as with everything else might have thought that they were doing the right thing by it or they could have known that it would be bad for the Aborigines but have continued anyway because they did not want to follow any different rules. Either way the Aborigines did not need nor want to have a new culture or rules forced apon them the same as any other person.
In conclusion, the British mostly did what they thought they should do but did it by how they would want to be treated, not the Aborigines. The Aborigines did not need or want a new culture, rules or government. They also didn’t want or need to wear the British clothes, houses or the farms. Before the British came the Aborigines were self dependent and had been like that for hundreds or years, so they were in no way terra nulius, the British just chose to look at them in that way.