European contact

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European contact may refer to:



  • Colonialism, the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory
  • Colonization of Africa
  • European colonization of the Americas, typically dated to 1492, when a Spanish expedition headed by Christopher Columbus sailed for India to open trade but inadvertently discovered the Americas

See also[edit]

  • Population history of American indigenous peoples
  • Columbian Exchange, a dramatically widespread exchange of animals, plants, culture, human populations (including slaves), communicable disease, and ideas between the American and Afro-Eurasian Hemispheres following the voyage to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492.:163 The term was coined in 1972 by Alfred W
  • Kirishitan, from Portuguese cristão, referred to Roman Catholic Christians in Japanese and is used in Japanese texts as a historiographic term for Roman Catholics in Japan in the 16th and 17th centuries