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To really understand the American landscape, you need to know about the Doctrine of Discovery. As a set of principles used to justify European colonization, it grew over hundreds of years to become a pillar of international law, and it set the stage for centuries of imperialism worldwide.


Indigenous Values Initiative, "What Fifteenth-Century Papal Bulls Can Teach Us About Indigenous Identity," Doctrine of Discovery Project (13 December 2020), https://doctrineofdiscovery.org/blog/doctrine-discovery-environmental-justice/.

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