One of history’s most dangerous myths – Anneliese Mehnert

From TED Ed.

Examine the empty land theory, which was created by European colonizers in South Africa to support their claims to the region.

From the 1650s through the late 1800’s, European colonists descended on South Africa. They sought to claim the region, becoming even more aggressive after discovering the area’s abundant natural resources. To support their claims to the land, the colonizers asserted they were settling in empty land devoid of local people. Was this argument true? Anneliese Mehnert debunks the Empty Land Theory.

Lesson by Anneliese Mehnert, directed by Héloïse Dorsan-Rachet.

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