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Friday, December 09, 2016

What plagued the New World empires?

Here I was thinking that smallpox came from camelpox, around the time of the Arab conquests; and that smallpox was the vanguard of the great European diseases in the New World.

Now, h/t Insta, I am told smallpox dates to 1580 AD.

The Europeans arrived in the New World several generations before that.

So which disease was it, if not smallpox? Cocoliztli hit hard, probably harder than that first outbreak; but cocoliztli was later - 1545 AD, I'm told.


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