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Author Cook, Noble David.

Title Born to die : disease and New World conquest, 1492-1650 / Noble David Cook.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  614.497 C771B    Check Shelf
Description xiii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series New approaches to the Americas
New approaches to the Americas.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-235) and index.
Contents 1. In the Path of the Hurricane: Disease and the Disappearance of the Peoples of the Caribbean, 1492-1518 -- 2. The Deaths of Aztec Cuitlahuac and Inca Huayna Capac: The First New World Pandemics -- 3. Settling In: Epidemics and Conquest to the End of the First Century -- 4. Regional Outbreaks from the 1530s to Century's End -- 5. New Arrivals: Peoples and Illness from 1600 to 1650.
Summary The biological mingling of the previously separated Old and New Worlds began with the first voyage of Columbus. The exchange was a mixed blessing: It led to the disappearance of entire peoples in the Americas, but it also resulted in the rapid expansion and consequent economic and military hegemony of Europeans. Amerindians had never before experienced the deadly Eurasian sicknesses brought by the foreigners in wave after wave; smallpox, measles, typhus, plague, influenza, malaria, yellow fever. These diseases conquered the Americas before the sword could be unsheathed. From 1492 to 1650, from Hudson's Bay in the north to southernmost Tierra del Fuego, disease weakened Amerindian resistance to outside domination. The Black Legend, which attempts to place all of the blame for the injustices of conquest on the Spanish, must be revised in light of the evidence that all Old World peoples carried, literally though largely unwittingly, the germs of the destruction of American civilization.
Chronological Term To 1810
Subject Indians -- Diseases. (OCoLC)fst00969327
America -- History -- To 1810.
Indians, Central American (DNLM)D007197
Americas (DNLM)D000569
America. (OCoLC)fst01239786
Local Subject Indigenous peoples, Central American (DNLM)D007197
Subject Indians -- Population.
Indians -- Population. (OCoLC)fst00969395
Epidemics. (OCoLC)fst00914079
Local Subject Indigenous peoples, South American (DNLM)D007199
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Subject Disease Outbreaks -- history (DNLM)D004196Q000266
Epidemics -- America.
Indians, South American (DNLM)D007199
Indians -- Diseases.
ISBN 0521622085 (hc)
9780521622080 (hc)
0521627303 (pbk.)
9780521627306 (pbk.)
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