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INDIANS AND THE WHITE MAN The Indians they were here first The white man took this land away from the Indians The Indians have the rightful title to America but so does that of the whites America was the possession of the Indians prior to the age of discovery by the white race However the Indians never laid claim to all of America because they had no understanding of its size or boundaries The Indian only claimed the land he was inhabiting and that which he used for hunting burial etc At the time of discovery circa 1500 AD the American Indian numbered about 700000 inhabitants sparsely scattered over what is now America Thus the Indians never had a legal claim to much more than 3 of the land at any one time So it can be said that the Indians did have a legal claim to America 3 of it which was considered their own territory In light of this it can not be said that the white race violated the second principal of International Law either since 97 of America was not legally the property of anyone When America was claimed by the English French and Spanish they claimed the entire breadth and width of the land from sea to sea from one boundary to the next They did not just claim the plot of land they were inhabiting However the lands that the Indians occupied within these European claims were still Indian land It is sometimes argued however that the white man encroached upon and took possession of lands that were legally claimed by the Indian It is indeed true that the white man
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