Identification And Evaluation Of Sources

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Identification and Evaluation of Sources The British were renowned for their ability to colonize due to their strong naval resources and ambition. Among the lands colonized were New Zealand and Australia. Although they are next to each other on the map, England’s territory-grabbing past begs the question – “To what extent does the colonization of Australia differ from the colonization of New Zealand?” The focus of this investigation is to analyze the reasons for the British colonization of both areas and determine the similarities and differences between the two. Source: Colonization of South Australia, Robert Torrens, published in 1835 Torrens’s book about the colonization of Australia could be useful to historians: he deeply discusses…show more content…
This source is a primary source as well, which is not necessarily a strength, but is interesting insight to have; a government official from the foundation of New Zealand. This source has limitations. Swainson does not discuss the side of the natives (the Maori people) in his book. This makes it hard for historians to get the full story on what happened in the colonization of New Zealand. Also, similar to Torrens’s work, it only talks about New Zealand, and only mentions that Australia was another colony. This lack of detail on Australia makes the job of a historian harder because he/she has to compare more sources than they would have to in order to come to a full comparison or contrast on the two situations. Investigation For centuries, the British have been a strong global power. Their reinforced naval and army powers made them unstoppable, especially if they were taking over to colonize. Two areas where the British chose to inhabit were New Zealand and Australia, land masses in the Pacific Ocean closer to Antarctica than to the continent of Europe (“European Discovery”). The first difference between the two colonies was their discovery. It is true that they were both discovered around the same time - Australia was discovered around the seventeenth century (“European Discovery”), and New Zealand was discovered when Lieutenant James Cook
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