Court Case of Bennelong.

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The court case of Bennelong.
Why were Bennelong and Colby captured?
Bennelong and Colby were captured because the European Australians wanted to see how the Indigenous Australians lived. They also wanted to capture Bennelong & Colby, so that they could have them with them and they were hoping that by the presence of Bennelong & Colby living with them the rest of the native population warm up towards them, and not be so aggressive or hostile. They were not intending to kill them as the natives thought; they just wanted to bring peace between the native people and the European settlers. The reason that Bennelong and Colby were ‘taken by force’ ( pg-11.) was because previous efforts to communicate with them freely had failed. Governor Phillip wanted to take Bennelong & Colby so that they could teach them English without losing their native tongue, the reason for teaching them English is to help their own countrymen converse with the colony. (PG-13)
How did Bennelong feel throughout the ordeal?
Bennelong was being taken away from his friends, so he was feeling anxious and very upset. While they were lashed to the boat they were extremely terrified (pg-13). Once they had moved far enough away from their countrymen on the shore, the captive’s hands were untied which made them more relaxed. Bennelong and Colby would have been more relaxed after they had settled in and got used to their new surroundings. Even the family was feeling distressed as one of their own was taken away. It would be worrying knowing that a person whom you don’t know would be taking you away from family, friends etc, as he probably was thinking he wouldn’t be able to see his family or friends ever again; so that European settlers could take him, and pretty much use him as a guinea pig. But they did assure him they would be able to return home soon.
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