1) I believe that it doesn’t matter if the population estimates of the Native Americans are accurate after 1491. Though there is significance in how how many people died, there is still no denying the main point which is that Columbus and the other Europeans brought diseases that took out many of the Natives. In the first excerpt, the author says that “no one dismisses the accidental transmission of deadly diseases that actually affected the North and Central American Indians.” This shows that people are aware of the fact that the Europeans brought over diseases that had a lasting effect on the Natives. In the second excerpt, the author writes “the epidemic killed about one out of every five people on earth.” Even with rough estimates, the studies showed that the disease killed about ? of the population.
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