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Skeletons of Incan toddlers buried 500 years ago found marred with smallpox


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Recent archaeological excavations at Huanchaco, a small fishing town on the northwest coast of Peru, revealed a cemetery associated with a colonial church that was one of the earliest in the region, built by the Spanish between 1535 and 1540. The 120 burials that represent the early-colonial population there reflect the initial cultural changes of colonialism around 1540, with reed crosses and European-introduced glass beads included in the graves of Indigenous people.

But defects seen on the bones of two children buried in the Huanchaco church cemetery showcase another major effect of colonization: the introduction of the novel disease smallpox to a population that had never experienced it, according to a new study in the June issue of the International Journal of Paleopathology.

https://www.livescience.com/archaeology/skeletons-of-incan-kids-buried-500-years-ago-found-marred-with-smallpox

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Smallpox hit the American Northeast a century before any English settlement. It probably wiped out the Shenks Ferry People in Lancaster, Pennsylvania who were extinct before the Dutch and Swedish sailed into the Delaware.

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The Spanish had learned the "value" of weaponized smallpox from Cortez.  I believe the Mound Builders and much of North America's indigenous population were wiped out by smallpox carried by a black slave brought along specifically for this purpose by Hernando De Soto's expedition.  There is a lot of truth to the Black Legend.

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2 hours ago, Alchopwn said:

The Spanish had learned the "value" of weaponized smallpox from Cortez.  I believe the Mound Builders and much of North America's indigenous population were wiped out by smallpox carried by a black slave brought along specifically for this purpose by Hernando De Soto's expedition.  There is a lot of truth to the Black Legend.

Diseased bodies is how the Spanish finally beat the Aztec Triple Alliance who were kicking the crap out of them.

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15 hours ago, Piney said:

Smallpox hit the American Northeast a century before any English settlement. It probably wiped out the Shenks Ferry People in Lancaster, Pennsylvania who were extinct before the Dutch and Swedish sailed into the Delaware.

I was thinking of this guy:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Álvar_Núñez_Cabeza_de_Vaca

He and his men could have introduced smallpox.

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