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Matthew Gilmore Period 4 1/23/19 Leininger 1. According to Dobyns, about 90-112 million Native Americans lived in the Americas in 1491. Dobyns main reason for creating such a high estimate is that he believes when the colonizers first arrived they were witnessing native populations that had already been reduced due to epidemics. Previous, and much lower estimates, were produced based off documents that the original colonists had created. Dobyns believed that these documents don’t reveal the whole truth because the colonists didn’t know the native populations had been reduced as a result of several diseases. Dobyns estimate suggests that more people lived in the Americas than in Europe in 1491. 2. Dobyns’ ideas were controversial because many believed he produced that estimate to “inflate the toll of imperialism.” What his critics mean is that he created that estimate to make imperialism seem as though it’s effects were extremely detrimental to the Native Americans and also tarnish American history as a whole. His critics do have a plausible
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