Disease Epidemics among Indians, 1770s-1850s
The Oregon Encyclopedia
Native Americans, Epidemics, Indigenous peoples
In the Old World, epidemic crowd diseases had evolved along with the earliest civilizations, but they had no equivalents in the New World. When the new diseases spread to the Americas and to peoples who had never experienced them before, the results were dramatic and sometimes catastrophic. The interhemispheric disease exchange resulted in what has been called the "greatest demographic disaster in human history." Millions died.
Boyd, Robert T., "Disease Epidemics among Indians, 1770s-1850s" (2018). Anthropology Faculty Publications and Presentations. 146.