Effects from Disease

Sid Reynolds

Different types of diseases that came from Europe

Before the Europeans journeyed to The New World (The America's), The Natives, Aztecs, Incas, Etc. didn't have to deal with such deadly diseases (at the time) such as:

  • Small Pox
  • Typhus
  • Cholera
  • Measles

Small pox

Small pox was originally brought from cattle, and when introduced to the Aztecs lets just say that it went from 30 million to 3 million in a matter of 50 years after small pox came to the Aztecs, It's said that after a year that Cortes landed in mexico, an African slave brought to the America's had the disease. Small Pox is probably the disease that killed the most Natives, Incas and Aztecs

Facts about Small Pox

  • It's highly contagious and was transferred from the nose or air
  • symptoms/side effects include
  1. fever
  2. muscle pain(s)
  3. headache
  4. backache
  5. nausea/vomiting
  6. prostration


Typhus is transferred through lice, Rat fleas, mites, or ticks (Thank God for soap and shampoo)

  • It can be characterized by; A purple rash, Head aches, Sometimes delirium
  • It is usually caught with skin to skin contact
  • There are 2 types of typhus: Endemic and Epidemic
  • Typhus can be treated with antibiotic therapy
  • It can have symptoms such as a purple rash, nausea, high fever, vomiting, etc.

What if Disease Didn't Wipe Out the Native Americans?


A defiantly unique disease but none the less as deadly then the others on this list.

  • It is usually caused by bad water or food which can lead to dehydration and death if not treated properly
  • The Bacteria (Vibrio Chlorae) in the water and/or food is what causes dehydration in a human


Measles wasn't as common as smallpox but it still caused many deaths it was brought from eating raw meat from cattle

  • it starts with high fevers, runny noses and usually a bad cough and red eyes
  • The body rash doesn't start till 3-5 after the person's contracted the disease
  • Someone who has contracted Measles is usually HIGHLY HIGHLY contagious

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"What If Disease Didn't Wipe Out the Native Americans?" YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2015. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWZuavGGWDo