Re: New world populations

Barbara Washburn (
20 Dec 94 15:54:37 GMT (Lee Sultzman) writes:

>>anyway. I replied that there had been as many as one hundred million native
>>peoples in the New World in 1492 and that millions *had* been slaughtered
>>in 50 years or so.

>The big killers were the European diseases that they inadvertantly brought
>with them which quickly spread into areas that the Spanish never
>reached. In the southeastern United States, these are believed to have
>been responsible for the deaths of three quarters of the original population
>by 1600.

Lee, what evidence is there that these diseases were "INADVERTANTLY brought
with them"? Biochemical warfare is as old as monkeys throwing feces at one
another. Some argue the AIDS epedemic in the human population resulted
because of immoral research done on chimps over the years, etc. At what
point were TB invested blankets found to be the cause of native american
deaths? When the cause was discovered, how long before the practice of
giving such blankets to native americans subsided? What role, if any, did
Jesuit preists play in such warfare?
(o o)
David M. Washburn,
The Global Village Meeting House
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