From Smallpox to COVID-19: Impact of Pandemics/Epidemics on Indigenous Peoples of the Americas

When:
October 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2020-10-11T14:00:00-04:00
2020-10-11T15:00:00-04:00
Where:
Cavendish Stone Church (Route 131)
Main St
Cavendish, VT 05142
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
802-226-7807

In 1492, when Columbus arrived in the Caribbean, 100% of North and South American were populated by native peoples. Today, native people make up only 1% of the United States population, 8% of the Latin American population, and 4.9% of the Canadian population.

The Cavendish Historical Society will host a talk on the role that pandemics/epidemics, including smallpox, malaria, cholera and other diseases, played in the population of the Americas.

Although the Americas primarily dealt with chronic disease and were unprepared for the pandemics/epidemics brought by colonizers, disease in and of itself could and was used as a weapon. However, disease was not the only factor in the colonizing of the Americas. As with most aspects of history, it is complex, showing the range of human capabilities from extreme violence to compassion.

This event will be held at the Cavendish Stone Church on Main St (Route 131) at 2 pm. Parking is available across the street at the Cavendish Baptist Church. Due to the indoor location, this program is limited to 25 people. Social distancing and wearing a mask is required.  The talk is free and open to the public, but is not recommended for young children.

 

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