Re: New world populations

Patrick J Crowe (
Thu, 29 Dec 1994 01:35:00 GMT

In article <JMC.94Dec25143610@SAIL.Stanford.EDU>, jmc@cs.Stanford.EDU writes...
>Dan Moerman includes:
> Regarding precolumbian populations, my reading of the
> various estimates suggests that whatever figure
> investigators select as the "original" value for 1492, they
> seem almost always to select a nadir figure of about 5% of
> it. Dobyns, for example, says roughly 10 million north of
> the Rio Grande in 1492 and 500000 in about 1930. Most
> others seem to have the same proportion of decline.
>Haven't American Indians within the (expanding) boundaries of the
>U.S. been counted in the censuses every ten years since 1790?
>John McCarthy, Computer Science Department, Stanford, CA 94305
>He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
Yes, they have been counted, but the definition of who counts as an
"American Indian" has changed probably every 15 years on average.

-Pat Crowe, SUNY at Buffalo

He who does arithmetic without checking sources will also talk nonsense.