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the hapless fate of its original inhabitants

The Creature and Safie alike bemoan the conquering of native Americans of both the Northern and Southern hemispheres by the various European imperial powers, who in many cases reduced the natives to a condition of slavery. The Creature's emotional identification with their fate is unself-conscious at this point, but the progress of his education is leading him to understand an fundamental similarity with their abjectness (see, for instance, 2.9.2 and note).