How it shaped the history of the Americas
Smallpox had two faces for European Americans:
Benefits arose from both its presence as well as its absence.
The presence of Smallpox wiped out the majority of Native Americans...
Native Americans Perished
Mortality rates of 85% in all of the Americas
Caribbean Natives totally Extinct
The Columbian Exchange
Smallpox brought to the Americas on Columbus' voyage
Enabling Europeans to conquer the Land without resistance
& During the Revolutionary War...
Inoculation efforts were crucial for Americans' survival towards independence
Smallpox was the ultimate double-headed sword
Tignor, R. (2014). Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World from the Beginnings of Humankind to the Present (Fourth ed., Vol. B). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.