When Christopher Colombus set foot on the Bahamas in 1492, few could have imagined the impact his discovery would have on world history. Within the next two centuries the Spanish had carved out an empire in the Caribbean, Central, and South America as the English and French fought over North America. The Portuguese and later the Dutch began founding colonies in the Far East to control the spice trade. By the late-nineteenth century, the European powers were carving up Africa. The native cultures and civilizations of these lands were variously co-opted, subjugated, exterminated, or sometimes simply ignored.
At the beginning of the Twentieth century, European nations dominated most of the globe, economically, politically and militarily. By the end of that century, their empires were gone, the colonies independent, and colonialism repudiated as a horrible system. The Colonial History community seeks to understand over 500 years of colonialism and its legacy on the world, by considering all points of view, from the colonizer to the colonized. Anyone who has an interest in colonization and its history is welcome to join the community.
1. Observe common posting etiquette. Insulting posts and comments, flames, name calling, trolling and generally combative behavior will not be tolerated.
2. This is a community dedicated to colonial history, so off topic posts will be deleted. Advertisments will also be deleted unless they are of special pertinentce to the topic of colonial history.
3. All posts and comments are to be made in English for the benefit of everybody. All posts should adhere to proper spelling and grammar so readers do not have to struggle to understand what is being said. If English is not your first language, don't worry too much as long as you try to write legible posts.
4. All posts should include some amount of discussion or analysis. Posting a link or picture alone is usually not sufficient to generate any comments.
5. Hatred and intolerance will not be tolerated. Sensitive issues such as slavery and racism are to be treated appropriately.
6.While we welcome diverse opinions, this is not an explicitly political forum. Members may hold a diversity of viewpoints on global affairs that no doubt influence their contributions, but the goal here is to examine the institution of colonialism.
6. Any large images or long posts should be LJ-cut to be courteous to the readers.
These rules are not final and are subject to change without notice. The moderator may use his own judgement on issues not explicitly covered by the rules. Failure to abide by the moderator's instructions or any of these rules will lead to post deletion, and repeat offenders will be banned.