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Essay Written About The Relationship Between Aboriginals And Explorers Throughout History In Response To Three Books.

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Explorers in the works The History and Topography of Ireland and Voyage of the Beagle are awestruck and impressed with the ability of the aboriginal people to have such pride in who they are, where they come from, and all they have accomplished. In The Journals and Lewis and Clark there was no substantial evidence of this impressment. However, in all three works, the explorers feel completely superior to their way of life. Gerald of Wales is awestruck and impressed with the findings of the aboriginal people. In The History and Topography of Ireland, he shows much interest in each ruler and his descendants who played a large part in the new developments in the land of Ireland during their reigns. From the creation of Ireland, rulers have come and rulers have gone. Many came from the same family, descendants of one another, while others were rivals, or they were simply new rising individuals. Through the political aspect of making a new country, many geographical discoveries were made that shaped Ireland into the new land of the time. Each ruler's reign was measured by the number of discoveries made and their effect on the new country. They were proud of what they did for their new home, even if it was little and they did not do much to get their success. Gerald of Wales noted many of the rulers and their entourages. However, my finding led the following group to be of interest: The son of Sera and his three sons found their way to the coast of Ireland. "After the first is named the lake of Lagilinus, and after the second is named the high mountain that overlooks the sea between Ireland and Britain - Salanga." The third son named lake Ruturugus. Each son was proud of what was known to be theirs. They had great visions of their future homeland. The son of Sera, better known as Bartholanus, was not remembered for anything more than the "four enormous lakes that suddenly burst from the bowels of the earth," and the four forests that he made into an open plain. Gerald was impressed to see that these people were capable of finding these immense natural bodies and calling them their own. Also, the fact that they adapted their findings to help their people out was amazing to him. Before Bartholanus, the land was overcrowded with "ever-multiplying woods." There was no open place where agriculture could be developed. By making the scarce but needed amount of plains, this allowed those interested in "plying the plough" to go on with their business. Through Gerald's word choice, it is seen that all these new natural discoveries and makings were a great deal for the people of Ireland and for the people who explored it, like himself. He would not describe it so interestingly if he was not impressed with what he found. The advancement in the technology for agricultural needs impressed Gerald very much. He was astonished at how far these people had come to actually think to use such methods to their benefit. Gerald also found the skills of the...

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