Native American depopulation, reforestation, and fire regimes in the Southwest United States, 1492–1900 CE

@article{Liebmann2016NativeAD,
  title={Native American depopulation, reforestation, and fire regimes in the Southwest United States, 1492–1900 CE},
  author={Matthew J Liebmann and Joshua Farella and Christopher I. Roos and Adam Stack and Sarah J. Martini and Thomas W. Swetnam},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={113},
  pages={E696 - E704}
}
Significance Debates about the magnitude, tempo, and ecological effects of Native American depopulation after 1492 CE constitute some of the most contentious issues in American Indian history. Was population decline rapid and catastrophic, with effects extensive enough to change even the earth’s atmosphere? Or was depopulation more moderate, with indigenous numbers declining slowly after European colonization? Through a study of archaeology and dendrochronology, we conclude that neither of… Expand

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