Aborigines

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ABORIGINES, are the earliest known inhabitants of a region. Derived from Latin ab origine, meaning “from the beginning,” the term first was applied by Roman writers to the tribes that became known as Latins and gave their name to Latium, the territory on which Rome developed. The term is more widely employed in English-language writings than its equivalent of Greek origin, autochthons.
Aborigines
Bushmen are deseribed as the aborigines of South Africa because they occupied the land before Bantu-speaking Negro tribes; later, European colonists displaced the Bantu from much of their territory. The primitive tribal peoples who occupied Australia before the coming of the Europeans, and who in the 19th century often were referred to as “blackfellows,” now are regularly known as Australian aborigines, to distinguish them from Australians of European origin.





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