Peasants and labor gained power because of the depopulation “golden age of labor” Plague disappeared by itself- nobody knows why o Speculations : Subtle mutation of bacteria? Subtle change in the ecology of rats and fleas? Shift from black rat to brown rat in cities? -> this is what the textbook says, our historian says otherwise Unintentional Germ Warfare
o Guns, germs , and steel o European’s conquest and depopulation of the New World: far more natives in the new world died of disease then guns Aztecs in Mexico 1500s, Cortez landed with 600 Spaniards and wanted to conquer the Aztec nation, the Spaniards had guns and the Aztecs had shields and swords. Aztecs started dying from smallpox that the Spaniards had brought over to them (spread human to human and very deadly) 20 million to 1.6 million 100 years later 90_95% Incas of Peru… 168 men to conquer Peru, small pox was there and killed them American Indians in Mississippi Valley- Marched against and unexposed county side, small pox had arrived and killed everyone before the explorer landed there 20 million when Columbus arrived and lost 90-95% because of disease measles, small pox, flu, and tifolus, native Americans have not been exposed to them so they had no immunity Only one disease was brought back to Europe: syphilis A lot of diseases that killed Europeans when they went to the tropics intentional Germ Warfare
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