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10 Facts About Native American's Health That Will Make You Nauseous

When Europeans arrived on America’s shores they brought an awful lot of awful things. Despite the most optimistic view of the culture exchange between Europeans and Native Americans, it's no secret that the Native populations came out on the loosing end. Their land was stolen, their way of life uprooted, and their populations were decimated. The most deadly to threat to Native American populations were not the weapons of the Europeans, but the diseases they brought to which Native populations had no immunity. Illnesses like measles, scarlet fever, typhoid, typhus, influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria, chickenpox and sexually transmitted diseases including syphilis all proved to be fatal for Native Americans. None disease proved more deadly though than small pox which was responsible for killing tens of millions of Native peoples.

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