The Penal Colonies

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America’s history books usually don’t cover this topic at all, or they skim over it with a two-paragraph explanation. Many of the history books make it appear as if there is little to no evidence of the Penal Colonies. Even if this was true, “An absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”(Loewen 2007, 97). This is a huge part of our history because it shows where we came from, good or bad. Down playing the event will do good to no one. Memory says, “I did that.” Pride replies, “ I could not have done that.” Eventually memory yields (Friedrich Nietzsche). Background: “A penal colony is a settlement used to exile prisoners and separate them from the general populace by placing them in a remote location, often an island or distant colonial

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