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I'd like to mention another possible candidate for this honor, one João Bermudes, who could have accomplished this feat depending on how one defines "circumnavigate Africa", but he clearly made his way around this continent at least once, if not twice. Bermudes is one of these sketchy characters whom one encounters in history: a person of no great abilities,...


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No. There is no evidence of the intentional spread of smallpox into the pacific northwest. That would require previous contact with the intent to decimate this population. There is no logical reason for this to happen. The most common interaction with the native populations on the western coast at this time were for trade purposes (see all the questions ...


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This is a pretty good place to apply Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. While this probably happened some, the overall scale of the disease die-offs associated with the Columbian Exchange strongly argues for the most important cause far and away being normal inevitable disease transmission from a ...


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