[LMB] Cultural Change, starting as Erratum 6th Century shoul have been 16th in a previous post, was Effects of "Global Warming"

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Wed Sep 14 14:34:14 BST 2011

On Sep 13, 2011, at 5:33 PM, Paula Lieberman wrote:

> Columbus' crews were disease vectors, bringing among other plagues, smallpox.  The Americas residents had no immunity, and when entire communities get sick and there is not one healthy to provide care for the ill... the death rate as a percentage of the population was appalling.  It only takes -one- infected person  to spread a plague from one place to another, and vectors of mosquitoes, mice, rats, etc. also be carriers of epidemics...
> I forget the name of the Babylon 5 episode which had a pandemic strike, wiping out nearly an entire sapient species....
> Guns were one advantageous Europeans had, another was they they weren't as susceptible to smallpox, and the diseases that they carried, severely weakened and disrupted the native American civilizations' abilities to resist European colonization and encroachment.

By the time Jamestown was settled, the native population had been decimated by disease.    When the settlers went to a deadly place to settle, the natives didn't mind.    But the settlers were from England, where they were used to high death rates from disease, so they persevered.  

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