Settlers

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A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally people who take up residence on land and cultivate it, as opposed to nomads. Settlers are sometimes termed "colonists" or "colonials" and—in the United States -- "pioneers".

The term settler is not usually used in relation to the later histories of well-established and/or independent, post-colonial countries with continuing immigration, like the present-day United States, Canada or Australia, where terms like immigrants are preferred. However, Canadian First Nations people often refer to all non-natives as "settler peoples", or "settler populations".

In almost every real historical case, settlers live on land which previously belonged to long-established peoples, known as indigenous people (often called "natives", "Aborigines" or, in the Americas, "Indians"). This land is usually settled against the wishes of the indigenes, and then controlled, defended and expanded by force, or it is bought or leased from indigenous people on terms highly favourable to the settlers, sometimes under a treaty (e.g. the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand). In some cases (such as Australia), the legal ownership of some lands is contested much later by indigenous people, who seek or claim traditional usage, land rights, native title and related forms of ownership or partial control.

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  • $1,500 Scholarship for Miss Old Settlers Queen Pageant
    The Miss Old Settlers Queen Pageant will be held downtown Huntsville on the Courthouse Lawn stage. The stage portion, (talent/public speaking and evening gown competition), will begin at 8p.m. and end with the coronation of the 2014 Miss Old Settlers Queen. Read more on this news related to 'Settlers'
  • Settlers Cut Down Palestinian-Owned Trees near Hebron
    HEBRON, August 28, 2014 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Thursday cut down around 30 Palestinian-owned trees in an area to the north of the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, according to a local media source. Read more on this news related to 'Settlers'
  • Israel proposes taking more West Bank land for Jewish settlers
    The appropriation of almost 1,000 acres would be the largest in years in the occupied territory. Read more on this news related to 'Settlers'

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