¿Una primera epidemia americana de viruela en 1493?

Revista de Indias 01/2003; 63. DOI: 10.3989/revindias.2003.i227.551
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We analyze the current debates about the origins of humans in the Western Hemisphere. The work of physical anthropologists and geneticists have forced archeologists to re-examine traditional hypotheses. The dating of the mankind’s migration across the Bering Straits has been pushed back another 10,000 to 15,000 years before the present. At the same time the ties between Paleoindians and East Asians has been further supported and the model of big game hunting as the original pattern of mankind’s socio-economic organization in the Americas has been challenged by new research from South American sites.Documentación dada a conocer últimamente descubre que varios indios tainos llevados por Colón a España para ser enseñados a los Reyes Católicos murieron de viruela en Cádiz al salir la segunda expedición en 1493. Por las condiciones sanitarias reinantes y la aglomeración a bordo, la infección pudo perfectamente afectar a más viajeros y a dar pie a una epidemia. El artículo aporta un elemento nuevo al debate sobre las causas de la rápida desaparición de la población indígena de la Española.

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