Courtesy Reuters

WHO shall fill the "empty spaces" of the world? This pressing question has come to the fore today as a result of the assumption by Europeans of control over non-European territories during the last three centuries. These territories were not vacant, and indeed were not underpopulated in terms of the skill of the indigenous inhabitants. But where there was land suitable for European methods of exploitation in a climate to which Europeans were accustomed, and where the indigenous population was sparse, Europeans settled. In some of these areas, North America and Australia for example, the natives were pushed out of

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