col·o·ni·za·tion | \ ˌkä-lə-nə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of colonization 

: an act or instance of colonizing

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colonizationist \ˌkä-lə-nə-ˈzā-sh(ə-)nist \ noun

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In the book’s opening chapter, the authors give an overview of Cuba’s culinary history, which evolved from the island’s colonization and waves of migration. Chris Ross,, "Cuban shredded beef has origins in Spain," 25 June 2018 Further back in history, the larger auk species played an important part in colonization and the economy of the Arctic. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 Many of the lessons explain how the brutality of colonization, slavery and war ultimately helped spread Christianity to the world. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Slaves, Dinosaurs and White Jesus, Oh My! How Taxpayers Fund Crazy Christian Conservative Education," 12 June 2018 The Chimu was the second-largest empire in Peru before Spanish colonization, next to the Incas, who were also known to sacrifice children during rituals. The Washington Post,, "Bodies of 140 children found in Peru, possibly world's largest child sacrifice site," 27 Apr. 2018 Her ancestors literally faced a cataclysmic event during the colonization of North America. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Trail of Lightning is a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure," 26 June 2018 The dispute derailed an agreement to normalize relations that would have seen Japan provide financial compensation to North Korea for its colonization of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan’s Abe Considers Joining in Diplomacy With North Korea," 14 June 2018 An unusually impersonal weapon, the gun became the symbol of the civilized, both in colonization efforts and at home. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "A System in Denial," 16 Apr. 2018 The Robinsons are no longer the first family in space, but part of a massive colonization drive, spurred by environmental catastrophe on Earth. Robert Lloyd,, "Netflix's decidedly 21st century 'Lost in Space' reboot is worth blasting off with," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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