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    Early Modern world.

    Native American Histories : before the conquest

    For reasons that remain obscure, the members of these small migrating groups stopped hosting a number of communicable diseases - smallpox and measles being the deadliest - and although Native Americans experienced illnesses such as tuberculosis, they no longer suffered the major epidemics that under normal conditions would have killed a large percentage of their population every year. The physical isolation of the various bands may have protected them from the spread of contagious disease. Another theory notes that epidemics have frequently been associated with prolonged contact with domestic animals such as cattle and pigs...

    Whatever the explanation for this curious
    epidemiological record, Native Americans lost inherited immunities that later might have protected them from many contagious germs. Thus, when they first came into contact with Europeans and Africans, Native Americans had no defense against the great killers of the Early Modern world.

    What does this "Early Modern world" refer to? The European world?
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    Re: Early Modern world.


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    Re: Early Modern world.

    It is innacurate to say that Native Americans lost inherited immunities. They never had immunity to European and African diseases. They were never exposed to them.

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    Re: Early Modern world.

    I interpreted "great killers" as people, but it seems to be "diseases", doesn't it? I added the preceding paragraph to back up why they lost immunities.

    great killers of the Early Modern world.

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    Re: Early Modern world.

    not a teacher

    Yes, here "the great killers of the Early Modern world" refers to diseases like measles and smallpox, mentioned earlier in the article.

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