Colonialism in Southeast Asia and the Austral and Pacific
As you have learned thus far in the course, Europe
influenced many cultures by colonizing other countries and meshing European
tradition and ways of life with the native cultures they ruled. In past
assignments, you have explored this influence from the perspective of a peasant
farmer, or the indigenous culture as a whole. In this Application Assignment,
however, you will examine the impact of a colonial ruler from the ruler's
perspective to see how your influence changes the region.
To prepare for this Application:
Review pages 397 - 401, 408 - 425, 434-435, 441, and 450 -
454 in The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography (6th Ed), to
understand all the regions that were impacted by colonization.
Choose one of the following regions to research in depth:
the Phillipines, Indonesia, Myanmar/Burma, Malaysia, Timor, Cambodia, Laos,
Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, or Polynesia.
Consider the impact of the colonial ruler on the local
cultures and economy of the region you chose.
Reflect on the experience of the colonial ruler coming into
this foreign region, and how the ruler may have gone about colonizing these
Compose a 1 - 2 page essay in which you write from the
perspective of a colonizing ruler and answer the following:
What actions did you take to colonize the countries that you
ruled? How did your actions impact the people and the economy?
How did you use the surrounding oceans and other bodies of
water to your benefit?
Considering the state of the region today. How is your
influence still evident?
If you could go back and colonize the area again, what might
you do differently and what results do you expect for your country and for the
colonized country? If you would do nothing differently, explain why.