col·​o·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌkä-lə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce colonization (audio) \

Definition of colonization

: an act or instance of colonizing

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colonizationist \ ˌkä-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce colonizationist (audio) \ noun

Examples of colonization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This statue depicts Columbus appealing to Queen Isabella I, who financed his voyage to the New World in 1492 that set off European colonization of the Americas. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: California condors make a comeback; Christopher Columbus gets the boot," 8 July 2020 Across the country, tributes to Christopher Columbus, whose 15th-century expeditions launched the era of European colonization of the Americas, are meeting undignified ends. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, "Columbus statues are falling across the country. Will ‘Columbus,’ Ohio, fall, too?," 7 July 2020 Native speaker is discussing the history of the local natives and the effects of colonization. oregonlive, "Black Lives Matter protests taking place in Portland, Salem on the Fourth of July," 4 July 2020 But Buruli ulcer, like syphilis and smallpox, is probably a disease of colonization. Brendan Borrell, The Atlantic, "Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem," 3 July 2020 European colonization began in the late 15th century with the arrival of explorers and fur traders. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Canada Day marks the country’s birth—but not its independence," 1 July 2020 The devastation of colonization, especially Serra’s actions, is still at work today, Medina said. Annie Vainshtein,, "In reckoning with oppression, don’t rush to replace statues, Bay Area indigenous leaders say," 29 June 2020 Prior to European colonization, most of the public spaces now overseen by the National Parks Service and the National Forest Service were not free of human contact. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Your Road Trip Is Not More Important Than Indian Country," 19 June 2020 One of them is the former home of the Italian Youth of the Littorio, inaugurated in 1937 to celebrate Mussolini's brutal colonization of Ethiopia. Tim Lister, CNN, "Cathartic acts of rage, or the rewriting of history? How statues became political lightning rods," 14 June 2020

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colonization was in 1766

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10 Jul 2020

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“Colonization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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