The human dichotomy—embodied in the vision of the white sails of a square-rigged ship silhouetted on the horizon—has ricocheted throughout the history of colonisation. For the colonial naval powers, it was an emblematic romantic metaphor—riches and fame awaited. For those looking from the shoreline of an unknown place, the all-pervasive invasions would be nothing short of disastrous. As decades stretched to centuries, it would be an experience etched into the collective psyche of millions of people the world over. Paul Ryan’s South by Southwest delves into this pictorial history.
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