Smallpox

By Olivia Ripps

A smallpox overview

Smallpox, according to dictionary.com is "an acute contagious viral disease, with fever and pustules usually leaving permanent scars. It was effectively eradicated through vaccination by 1979." Smallpox were brought to American from Europe through and along the Columbian Exchange trade network.

Smallpox and the Columbian Exchange

Smallpox was brought and transferred along the Columbian Exchange. The Columbian exchange was a trade network. This was exchange system with Europe and the American. Many resources that positively affected this time including food, culture and language were spread. There were some negative exchange though, one including disease. Many diseases were spread along the trade network, one of which was smallpox. When people came in contact with the disease, they were not properly equip to deal with it. The disease wiped out entire populations, was extremely contagious, and additionally, had no cure.