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A reservation is a territory reserved for the settlement of an autochthonous population group. They are a product of early modern European conquest and expansionism outside the Old World.

From the very beginning, the contact between Europeans and American indigenous peoples in the New World was largely adversarial and led to decimation of the indigenous population, culminating in a demographic catastrophe. From the perspective of the Europeans, this was problematic in light of the papal missionary task (Mission), which was both a motivation and a legitimizing fact…

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Rinke, Stefan, “Reservation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026641>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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