• Sociology, Medicine
  • Published in
    The William and Mary…
    1976
  • DOI:10.2307/1922166

Virgin soil epidemics as a factor in the aboriginal depopulation in America.

@article{Crosby1976VirginSE,
  title={Virgin soil epidemics as a factor in the aboriginal depopulation in America.},
  author={Alfred W. Crosby},
  journal={The William and Mary quarterly},
  year={1976},
  volume={33},
  pages={
          289-99
        }
}
URING the last few decades historians have demonstrated increasing concern with the influence of disease in history, particularly the history of the New World. For example, the latest generation of Americanists chiefly blames diseases imported from the Old World for the disparity between the number of American aborigines in I492 new estimates of which soar as high as one hundred million or approximately one-sixth of the human race at that time and the few million pure Indians and Eskimos alive… CONTINUE READING

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