Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fact of the Day: Native Immunity

While Native Americans were often in conflict with European settlers and their future generations, even the peaceful European groups led to the large drop of the population of Native Americans. That's because Native Americans had never built up an immunity to diseases common in Europe. Smallpox epidemics proved to be devastating to the Native American people. 

9 comments:

Margaret D said...

Oh yes, all the diseases they were not among until!

Jeanneke said...

The western world's diseases capitalism and alcoholism also made their entry, and not only in America, infecting and killing (lives of) native Africans and Aboriginals in Australia as well. Up to the present day!

Huggybear said...

Alcohol is the biggest problem in Australia with the Aboriginal people and it is a concern that seems to have no answer for.
But apparently there were roots and other native fibres (leaves) which were alcoholic in substance.
I can't see what Capitalism has to do with it the "killing" of native people, socialism could be, if so, classified as an equal EVIL????
The traditional drink of the Fijian people is KAVA - try that for the headache you will not forget for some time.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Martha said...

Yes, those diseases were devastating!

Pat Hatt said...

That screwed them more than anything, crummy germs

Christine said...

Poor people.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

And of course, some white authorities distributed blankets deliberately infected with smallpox.

Bob Bushell said...

Bloody Europeans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Huggybear said...

Aren't you forgetting something???
Colin