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 For Indigenous Americans, though, colonization is a never-ending condition of life. Emilia Phillips, New York Times, "Poems of Love and Desire That Push Back Against Oppression," 3 Mar. 2020 Either way, this is direct evidence that the transatlantic slave trade introduced novel pathogens to the Americas, Krause says, just as European colonization did. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Three men were buried in Mexico 500 years ago. DNA and bones reveal their stories of enslavement," 30 Apr. 2020 Ethnic studies in California have focused mainly on four groups: Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans and indigenous peoples — those present in the Americas before the period of European colonization. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "Ethnic studies bill delayed in California amid controversy," 22 Aug. 2019 Their menu reflects the scope of Sri Lanka’s many intermingled cultures and the myriad impacts of colonization. Bill Addison,, "Seek out Sri Lankan hoppers and fish curry at Apey Kade in Tarzana," 20 June 2019 Today, more than 6,000 gray wolves can be found in fragmented populations across the West and Great Lakes, thanks to a reintroduction program centered in Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s and natural colonization from Canadian packs. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Is the gray wolf still endangered? Depends who you ask.," 18 Mar. 2019 My grandmother first told me about Manifest Destiny in the context of genocide and brutal colonization of our ancestors. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "New Mexico’s education chief blasted for linking charter schools with ‘Manifest Destiny’," 9 Jan. 2018 Export powerhouses Japan and South Korea also have deployed trade restrictions in a renewal of a long feud dating back to Japan’s colonization of the Korean peninsula in the early 20th century. Washington Post, "How Blacklisting Companies Became a Trade War Weapon," 3 Dec. 2019 Because that’s where colonization and domination and violence and all of this disenfranchisement comes from. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Searching For Mackie," 12 Feb. 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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23 May 2020

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“Colonization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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