Just in Europe did it kill one-third of their population, meanwhile completely destroying two-thirds of China’s population, and decimating many Muslin towns. The disease flared and raged so quickly there wasn’t enough time to bury all the dead, so they mainly waited until the end and held a large memorial service. The disease itself was ripping apart the very fabric of society. The virus attacks the lymph nodes and lungs. The buboes formed from the virus are usually formed in the groin or armpit depending on the closest lymph node.
The very existence of the Europeans posed a threat to livelihood of the natives. They had a disease called smallpox which the natives did not have an immunity to. The disease was a plague among the natives very rapidly. When the Spaniards fought and temporarily left Tenochtitlan, many Aztecs died due to the smallpox of the Spaniards as recorded by Miguel Leon-Portilla (Doc. 4).
On the third voyage Hawkins’ fleet of six ships, one commanded by Sir Francis Drake, were driven into the Gulf of Mexico by a hurricane. The ships were led into the Vera Cruz port and demanded supplies. The Spanish however had a different plan of assaulting and killing many men and destroying four ships. Drake and Hawkins returned to England safely but, this incident led to Drake’s desire for revenge on the Spaniards. In 1572 Drake sailed from England with two ships and 73 men.
Smallpox had been one of the world’s most feared diseases which killed hundreds of millions of people and scarred and blinded millions more. Smallpox, which is caused by variola virus, is a severe, often fatal, highly contagious disease. The name smallpox is derived from the Latin word for “spotted” and refers to the raised bumps that appear on the face and body of an infected person. It is characterized by high fever and distinctive skin rash that frequently leaves permanent deep-pitted scars. Smallpox varies in severity from a mild, difficult-to-recognize form without skin manifestations to a highly fatal hemorrhagic form.
Many Native Americans died from smallpox, measles, flu, sexually transmitted diseases, and many more. Some of the more harmful diseases,( smallpox, measles, flu) killed approximately 90% of the Native American population. ( source) Along with spreading diseases, the Spanish tried to spread the holy spirit. With the arrival of Spanish missionaries on the west coast in late 1700’s came the slavery and mass killing of the Native American people. The combination of abuse and disease took it toll on the population, from 300,000 before Spanish involvement , Indians in California reached a low of 16,000 by the 1900’s.
Depopulation of Native Americans: Genocide or Disease Native Americans were wiped out by the hundred thousands during the late 1800’s, but why they were wiped out, and how is still a mystery. Did foreign disease cause their demise, or were they murdered during a genocide by Europeans because of Greed? You have two sides to this question presented in the reading Taking Sides: Clashing Views in the United States. Side A, Calloway states disease was the contributor. On the contrary, Side B, Jones states disease as well as violence, and weapons resulted in their wipeout.
By the end of the 14th century, the disease killed more than half the world’s population. The world witnessed its first case of biological warfare during the French and Indian Wars. British commander of the North America forces, Sir Jeffrey Amherst, ordered his troops to donate to Native Americans blankets infested with smallpox. As result, Native Ame... ... middle of paper ... ...emonstrated the silent nature of such attacks and the damages they can exact on large populations. The plagues of the 14th century, the use of smallpox against the Indians, and the intentional Salmonella poisoning in the 1980’s exemplify this fact.
There was a smallpox outbreak in Plymouth Colony around 1633. Twenty people died including their only physician. This was the beginning of the colonial's struggle with the disease. Smallpox became distinguishable as the most destructive disease in New England in 1633. From this date forward, smallpox continued to plague New England.
In 1689, English rulers William and Mary started a war with France in the American colonies. Upstate New York was ravaged and sent refugees into Salem. The refugees strained Salem’s resources. Puritans believed in witches and their ability to harm others, and this made many people suspicious of each other creating a great deal of tension. A recent epidemic of small pox had gone around in early 1692 and killed about five hundred people.
The harsh journeys these men made across the sea were astonishing at the time. Throughout the Age of Exploration, many people wanted to improve their navigating abilities, for example Ferdinand Magellan, who was the first to circumnavigate the Earth. Many other significant achievements were accomplished during this time. Old technologies were adjusted to be valuable tools in discoveries that helped make for more successful journeys in navigation. Honored explorers and cartographers represented this time period showing such hard work during the improvements of voyages, mapmaking, and technologies.