Settler Colonialism Uncovered

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The majority of present-day states are former colonies or colonial metropoles, a number of which were or still are settler colonies.  Consequently, it is essential to know where and how such colonies formed to understand current geopolitics and to raise awareness of their legacy, especially in present-day settler colonies, such as the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

The online exhibits here will focus on where, how, and why settler colonies developed in these locations and will allow users to explore the regions' geography, how the landscape and demographics changed over time due to the influx of settlers, and how colonial administrators, settlers, and Indigenous communities experienced these changes.

The initial exhibits focus on the French conquest and settlement of Algeria between 1830 and 1871. Subsequent exhibits will examine the same processes in other settler colonies, particularly in the American Midwest.

About the Creator:

Ashley Sanders is a doctoral candidate in History at Michigan State University. Her dissertation research is a comparative study of the establishment of settler colonies in the American Midwest and French Algeria

For more information about her research:

Check out her blog: Colonialism Through the Veil

Follow her on Twitter: @throughthe_veil