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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The Los Angeles artist is transforming the museum project room into a stage — or perhaps an elaborate green room — for collective works that explore issues of migration and colonization. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 The story is a familiar one: the legacy of colonial exploitation—this was once the Belgian Congo, historical index patient for brutal colonization—leading to the simultaneous rise of grinding poverty and spectacular corruption. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Drill, Baby, Drill—in 2028?," 9 Mar. 2018 Yes, the French team has roots stretching across borders, seas and hemispheres, tracing histories of colonization and the paths of migration that shaped today's world. Fox News, "Migration, outreach mean diversity is soccer's new normal," 10 July 2018 MARTHA SCHWENDENER Mel Chin is known for making art that highlights social injustice, from colonization to racial and economic discrimination. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 The duchess literally had black nations on her back, using one of the biggest days for the royal family to subtly note to their history of colonization and showing the world that all British people of color should be represented. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "The 7 Best Black Joy Moments at the Royal Wedding," 20 May 2018 Jordan sees it more as a growing engagement of Native Americans after the bitter history of colonization and marginalization. Kyung Lah, CNN, "Idaho woman challenges establishment and history in hope of becoming nation's first Native American governor," 15 May 2018 TUESDAY Pro-Palestinian rally: Rally to commemorate the Nakba, the expulsion and exodus of Palestinians from what became the state of Israel, and to protest Israeli colonization and the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area political events: SF mayoral forum, pro-Palestinian rally," 14 May 2018 The region’s unique geography served as a gateway for significant events that shaped our country — colonization and three democracy-defining wars — and hosted a diverse array of pioneering personalities, including Harriet Tubman and Capt. Stephanie Citron,, "Can’t-miss detours along Maryland's Eastern Shore to explore on your beach trip this summer," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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