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Volume 8, Numéro 1, Pages 225-243

A Conquest By And For Colonizers In A Tyranny Of Distance

Authors : Chaami Amine .

Abstract

The shipping of criminals was the most effective and the easiest form of penalty. It was very far lenient form of punishment in comparison to the Bloody Code. After the loss of the American colonies, Australia was colonized in the name of terra nullius for the sake of lodging criminals and getting rid of them. It was a natural prison. Since the construction of prisons were expensive, exiling criminals seemed the most practical solution. The punishment of criminals had turned out to be unsympathetic, predominantly for crimes against property, even if it was only a matter of stealing a loaf of bread. Therefore, theft was a serious crime, no matter how small it was. In The Secret River(2005), Grenville describes how and why William Thornhill ekes a living as a boatman and small time thievery. William is caught for theft and transported with his wife to Sydney for the term of his natural life. Grenville explores the evolution of an impecunious criminal who is shipped off to Australia as a convict.

Keywords

convict, criminals,colonizers,land