Atlas Map: European Claims in America, c. 1750
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Increasing imperial competition in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries gave rise to territorial disputes. Claims were often inexact and contradictory, based on imperfect knowledge of geography and exaggerated notions of the extent of their holdings. Settlers in North America recognized Native American land ownership, but they nevertheless claimed sovereignty over Indian lands. How does this map, portraying imperial claims two and a half centuries ago, compare to the national languages used in these areas today?
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