Native American Plague
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Native American Plague
Why was it so easy for the British to take over New England?<br />
<ul><li>It shouldn’t have been easy – </li></ul>The Native Americans had settled New England.<br />
We killed them with a cough!!!!!!<br />
They had clean and weak immune systems.<br />
Why didn’t Native Americans have many diseases?<br /><ul><li>First Americans entered through a “decontamination chamber” (Bering Strait)
They didn’t have social density (many people living in small areas i.e. cities).
Lack of social density meant disease didn’t spread.
They practiced basic hygiene (Europeans didn’t)
They hadn’t built up a resistance.</li></li></ul><li>The ‘plague” started in New England.<br /><ul><li>Bubonic plague
influenza</li></li></ul><li>Animals brought disease.<br /><ul><li>Anthrax
Cholera</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Within three years 90 – 96% of Native Americans from coastal New England had died.</li></li></ul><li>How did this benefit the British?<br /><ul><li>The British felt that the plague was a “miracle from God”.
They faced no real challenge from Native Americans.
By the time the Native Americans had replenished themselves it was too late to drive out the British.</li>