The Law of Nations Considered as Independent Political Communities Volume 1

The Law of Nations Considered as Independent Political Communities Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: bestowing on them Civilisation and Christianity in exchange for Independence. But as they were all in pursuit of nearly the same object, it was necessary, in order to avoid conflicting settlements and consequent war with each other, to establish a principle, which all should acknowledge as the law by which the Right of Acquisition, which they all asserted, should be regulated as between themselves. This principle was, that Discovery gave title to the Government, by whose subjects or by whose authority it was made, against all other European Governments, which title might be consummated by possession. The exclusion of all other Europeans necessarily gave to the Nation, making the discovery, the sole right of acquiring the soil from the Natives and establishing settlements upon it. It was a right with which no Europeans could interfere. It was a right which all asserted for themselves, and to the assertion of which by others all assented. Those relations, which were to exist between the Discoverer and the Natives, were to be regulated by themselves. The Right thus acquired being exclusive, no other Power could interfere between them." "In the establishment of these relations, the Bights of the original Inhabitants were in no instance entirely disregarded, but were necessarily, to a considerable extent, impaired. They were admitted to be the rightful occupants of the soil, with a legal as well as a just claim to retain possession of it, and to use it according to their own discretion; but their Bights to complete Sovereignty, as Independent Nations, were necessarily diminished, and their power to dispose of the soil at their own will to whomsoever they pleased, was denied by the original fundamental principle, that more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896408
  • 9781236896407