Which wars were primarily or exclusively fought on behalf of settler colonialism?

Futurist

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For Korea, as much as I am aware, they wanted to settle Japanese there and to enforce Japanese traditions on them like modern day China does to the Uighur.
Japan only outnumbered the Koreans something like 2:1 or 3:1 while China outnumbers the Uyghurs something like 100:1, though.
 

Devdas

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The conquest of India, involving Portuguese, Dutch, British....
Portuguese, Dutch and British all failed to create a settler population in India. Around 150,000 Brits stayed in India for administering India. In 1961, there were around 50,000 mainlander Portuguese in Goa, Daman and Diu.
 
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Futurist

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Portuguese, Dutch and British all failed to create a settler population in India. Around 150,000 Brits stayed in India for administering India. In 1961, there were around 50,000 mainlander Portuguese in Goa, Daman and Diu.
Yeah, given just how populated India was, one would think that engaging in settler colonialism there would have been a fool's errand.
 

Tulius

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The conquest of India, involving Portuguese, Dutch, British....
Portuguese, Dutch and British all failed to create a settler population in India. Around 150,000 Brits stayed in India for administering India. In 1961, there were around 50,000 mainlander Portuguese in Goa, Daman and Diu.
Yeah, given just how populated India was, one would think that engaging in settler colonialism there would have been a fool's errand.
It is not correct to say that the primarily objective of the Portuguese in India (meaning here all the establishments around the Indian Ocean) was colonization, in the sense of establishing settlers. The primary goal was trade. Other objectives existed, such as the evangelization. But the conquest that were made were to maintain the trade and the (few) settlers that were sent were to maintain the administration working. I think that in the beginning the goals of the Dutch and English were similar (evangelization excluded).

The goal of the Portuguese in the Atlantic Islands (15th century), the in Brazil (16th and mostly 17th century), and in Africa by the end of the 19th century was totally different: there the objective was to send settlers and to explore the new lands.
 
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Scaeva

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Julius Caesar in Gaul seems to fit the bill
It was certainly a war of expansion, but was the goal land on which to settle Romans or was that just a consequence of Gaul being absorbed into the Roman world?

I'd argue the war was more about Julius Caesar's political ambitions than any goals of the Roman state or it's citizens.
 
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Frank81

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The Peloponnesian War can be considered, to a great degree, a war of colonies and settlers. In fact, the war started because of some combulated colonial affairs

Revolts against the Athenian Empire took the form of anti-colonial wars as well, since Athenians settled klerukies (colonies composed by Athenians) inside the territory of many of its "allies"
 
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Devdas

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Yeah, given just how populated India was, one would think that engaging in settler colonialism there would have been a fool's errand.
Exactly, the Indo-Ganetic plains and the coastal area had always been heavily populated.
 
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Frank81

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Another example could be the First Mithridatic War, caused the famous "Asiatic Vespers" of 88 BC

The Roman colonists in the province of Asia were deeply despised by locals, and Mithridates (king of the independent kingdom of Pontus) took advantage of this: he coordinated the mass slaughtering of all Roman colonist through Asia

Rome fought back, of course
 
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How about the viking raids? The vikings weren't simply plundering--they also wanted to establish settlements. They did so in Scotland, Russia and England.