The Discovery of America Brings Annihilation When Christopher Columbus landed on Hispaniola, the estimates for the number of Native Americans were astronomical in comparison to what the number is today. Estimates place 800 separate nations, with one-hundred fifty language families and 1,500 to 2,000 dialects. Population studies show between 75 to 145 million inhabitants in North and South America (Buan, 1991). By 1890, the number in North America had been reduced to 250,000.
Total nations have been annihilated. When the Spaniards came to North America, Europe had already been ravaged with smallpox, measles, bubonic plague, diphtheria, influenza, yellow fever, typhoid, syphilis, tuberculosis and a host of other plagues. But the Americas had been isolated from these great ravages. When the sailing ships appeared on the horizon, they came not only to plunder but to spread their diseases as well.
While it is not documentable that the Spanish deliberately spread diseases, it is well documented that they were merciless with the natives. Whole nations were destroyed by the invaders and their European plagues. Estimates nearing a 98% death rate from diseases alone are not uncommon. Three important points to remember for effective biological munitions are:first, the introduction of chronic illnesses for which there is no known cure.
The second, cloak the toxin under a guise so the enemy takes it unawares until it is too late. Finally, combine weapons so that what one weapon fails to accomplish, the subsequent weapons will finish. The British had seen the effectiveness of diseases among the natives and employed a disguise. Diseases were not fast enough to accomplish the dreaded annihilation, so they combined this biological warfare with the sword, guns and hunting dogs as the Spanish did to exterminate the vermin. That the mercilessness of the British was not forgotten by invading settlers can be seen on the Trail of Tears.
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