Smallpox

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...

Enabling Europeans to conquer the Land without resistance

& During the Revolutionary War...

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Inoculation efforts were crucial for Americans' survival towards independence

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Smallpox was the ultimate double-headed sword

Sources

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.