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adjective as in pioneering, relating to a nonindependent or new territory

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When the disease-related deaths of millions of Indigenous people in the Americas led to labor shortages that jeopardized the colonial project, Spaniards imported nearly 200,000 people from West Africa to all parts of the colony.

Efforts by the British Empire to conduct a smallpox vaccination program in India made less progress, due in large part to mistrust by the locals of the colonial government.

From Vox

Sometimes they protected colonial interests in the West Indies with governors of Caribbean islands paying them to attack Spanish treasure ships.

Indigenous geographer Deondre Smiles, a postdoctoral scholar at Ohio State, recently warned about the dangers of bringing a colonial mentality to exploring space in an article in the journal Society & Space.

From Ozy

Railways in Nigeria dates back to the 19th century when the first railroad was constructed in 1898 under British colonial rule before the modern country was created in 1914.

From Quartz

During the colonial period the Punjabi Muslims formed the prized martial class for the British Raj.

There were men dressed in colonial garb complete with knee-breeches and powdered wigs.

Madison knew directly how colonial-era Anglicans had persecuted Baptists.

In the eloquent words of colonial preacher John Winthrop, “When a man is to wade through deep water, there is required tallness.”

That makes Israel one of the longest-standing colonial powers in modern history.

As Spain, however, has fallen from the high place she once held, her colonial system has also gone down.

Colonial charters were, however, "undoubtedly no more than those of all corporations, which empower them to make bye-laws."

On May 13, in a speech which charmed the House, Mr. Townshend opened his plan for settling the colonial question.

Then it was agreed all men must be made to do so, and the colonial legislature was called upon to make them.

As usual in Portuguese colonial towns, the church and convent are very conspicuous.


On this page you'll find 26 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to colonial, such as: crude, dependent, dominion, emigrant, frontier, and immigrant.

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