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Epidemics and Enslavement: Biological Catastrophe in the Native Southeast, 14 (Indians of the Southeast)

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Epidemics and Enslavement is a groundbreaking examination of the relationship between the Indian slave trade and the spread of Old World diseases in the colonial southeastern United States. Paul Kelton scrupulously traces the pathology of early European encounters with Native peoples of the Southeast and concludes that, while indigenous peoples suffered from an array of ailments before contact, Natives had their most significant experience with new germs long after initial contacts in the sixteenth century. In fact, Kelton places the first region-wide epidemic of smallpox in the 1690s and attributes its spread to the Indian slave trade.
 
From 1696 to 1700, Native communities from the Atlantic Coast to the Mississippi Valley suffered catastrophic death tolls because of smallpox. The other diseases that then followed in smallpoxs wake devastated the indigenous societies. Kelton found, however, that such biological catastrophes did not occur simply because the regions Natives lacked immunity. Over the last half of the seventeenth century, the colonies of Virginia and South Carolina had integrated the Southeast into a larger Atlantic world that carried an unprecedented volume of people, goods, and ultimately germs into indigenous villages. Kelton shows that English commerce in Native slaves in particular facilitated the spread of smallpox and made indigenous peoples especially susceptible to infection and mortality as intense violence forced malnourished refugees to huddle in germ-ridden, compact settlements. By 1715 the Native population had plummeted, causing a collapse in the very trade that had facilitated such massive depopulation.

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Paul Kelton is an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803227910
Author:
Kelton, Paul
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Epidemiology
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Indians of the Southeast
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 maps, 2 tables, index
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.04 lb

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