autochthon

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the earliest known inhabitants of a region

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Represented as the 'first inhabitants of the torrid zone', 'more brutish and fierce' than their conquerors, these supposed black autochthones remained 'sole masters of their ancient possessions' only in New Holland and 'other unknown southern lands' (1756, I:16, 77-80; II:375-80).
After having stripped the autochthones of their land, nothing more remained but to strip them of their bodies.
In the light of the emergence and growth of communities in Yorubaland in particular, it could be said that some of the groups that claimed to be autochthones were in fact earlier or more powerful group of settlers who were challenged by the hostile environment in which they found themselves to seek better accommodation elsewhere.
Creating an ever-expanding host of different Others narrows the group comprising the autochthones.