from The Century Dictionary.

  • The primitive inhabitants of a country; the people living in a country at the earliest period of which anything is known.
  • The original fauna and flora of a given geographical area.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural The earliest known inhabitants of a country; native races.
  • noun plural The original fauna and flora of a geographical area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of aborigine.


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  • It was particularly important for the governor to show the delegates his social distance from the Chinese, and indeed the Dutch frequently used landdagen to gain aborigines 'cooperation in the effort to control Chinese smuggling and piracy.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • Equipped with company licenses, they introduced large-scale commercial hunting to Formosa, using pitfalls and snares. 15 In order to profit from Taiwan's natural resources, the company had thus begun to remove the aborigines from the deerskin economy.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • Yet even as aboriginal prosperity decreased over the 1640s, the company managed to retain aborigines 'cooperation.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • By the end of 1642 they felt that the company must protect the northern aborigines from the "brutal" Chinese.

    How Taiwan Became Chinese

  • Tatar, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, or Polynesian sailors who drifted, intentionally or accidentally, to the Pacific coast in some unrecorded and prehistoric past, and from whom the men we call our aborigines probably are descended, sent back to Asia no tidings of what they had found.

    Great Epochs in American History, Volume I. Voyages Of Discovery And Early Explorations: 1000 A.D.-1682

  • 'Surely,' adds Dr Buist, 'coincidences such as these can neither be fanciful nor accidental; they carry us far back beyond the ages of those we call the aborigines of Britain, as the pyramids and sculptured stones of

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 461 Volume 18, New Series, October 30, 1852

  • The word aborigines is usually associated with primitive people now, but it really just means "original".


  • The word aborigines is usually associated with primitive people now, but it really just means "original".


  • I can’t find a primary source for Canadian infant mortality broken down by race, but I found several pages that claim that the infant mortality rate for First Nations I believe that’s what they call the aborigines is 1.5-2 times the rate for the general Canadian population, which is about what it is here.

    Regarding the US’s High Infant Mortality Rate

  • “as the race appears to have been farther advanced in civilization than their successors, whom we call aborigines, they probably had better means of transportation than bark canoes.”

    Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology


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