April 12-2020

Virus Imports to America





Last time numerous diseases were brought from Europe to America was In April 1520, when Spanish forces landed in what is now Veracruz, Mexico, unwittingly bringing along an African slave infected with smallpox. Two months later, Spanish troops entered the capital of the Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlán, and by mid-October the virus was sweeping through the city, killing nearly half of the population, which scholars today estimate at 50,000 to 300,000 people. The dead included the Aztec ruler, Cuitláhuac, and many of his senior advisers. By the time Hernán Cortés and his troops began their final assault on Tenochtitlán, bodies lay scattered over the city, allowing the small Spanish force to overwhelm the shocked defenders.

The total virus deaths in Mexico , from 1520 to 1550 was 8 million from Smallpox and 15  million from Cocoliztli, at a time when the total popyulation in Europe,not including Russia and the Ottoman empire, was 70 million. 


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