Therefore it became known as “the Perfect Plague”. This was because there was no medical knowledge of the sort during this time period. It is then proven that the one reason the plague was so devastating was because “medieval medicine had no answers to what it was caused by or how to fight the deadly disease“ (Rosenhek, 4). To see how deadly this disease truly was, Dr. Christopher Duncan and Dr. Susan Scott from the University of Liverpool provided scientific information to give us insight on the harmfulness of the sickness. Both scientists state that the epidemic “spread throughout the continent far faster than any modern plague” and that the plague was in fact “a viral hemorrhagic fever, similar to Ebola.” (A.W, 3).
By the following spring, after a horrific winter that became known as the “starving time,” all but 60 had perished. Four hundred years later, historians can only speculate about the causes of this massive population collapse, which nearly snuffed out the first permanent English settlement in North America. But a team of geologists at the College of William & Mary may be closing in on a suspect: drinking water fouled by salt, arsenic, human waste or a medley of these contaminants (Document A). Life was no picnic for the Jamestown colony’s earliest founders, but at least they had enough to eat. Evidence suggests that the deceased people in Jamestown were as result of the mix of salt and fresh water, said historian Carville V. Earle.
John Smith said, "The colonists, a group with little agricultural experience and weighted with gentry, instead found a swampy and disease-ridden site." (The starving time pg.2) The men of jamestown were businnes men and were very self interasted. The colonists knew a little about farming but they didnt know exacly how to farm.
Along with these new crops and animals, Christopher Columbus brought diseases with him that the natives were not immune to. This resulted in many dying from these illnesses. The Natives, which had been an isolated population for centuries lacked immunity to the sicknesses and subsequently suffered the consequences of Columbus’ visit. Fevers, smallpox, and measles were proved to be deadly and wiped out tribes at a time. In return, the Europeans fell to the New World disease of syphilis.
They were relocated and forced to live in confined reservations. The Aborigines also lost a lot of their numbers to diseases that the British brought with them. After the ships arrived at shore the convicts marched up to a building where they got undressed, cleaned and inspected. Many of the convicts were then assigned work duties, which
According to Kraut, “The elderly who carried in their heads ancient histories, cures and crafts were often wiped out quickly, taking with them generations of a tribe’s collective understanding of the world and itself” (Kraut 17). It made them lose their expertise: hunting and gathering. Few Native Americans who survived the genocidal disaster had to naturally assimilate into the European culture to survive or fight to the death against the white invaders. Besides, their society fell into ruin. Shamans, conjurers, medicine men, or anyone who had claimed special power lost respect and authority because their traditional therapies were not effective in curing the infectious diseases.
Silence in the Turmoil of Crisis Case Study 1) In 2009, there were 714 salmonellosis cases and nine deaths in 43 states led by PCA’s salmonella-tainted peanut products that were used in more than 3,900 food items. PCA’s failed manufacturing practices included unsanitary premises and improper equipment maintenance. These unsanitary conditions proved to test positive for salmonella, beginning their crisis and an organizational communication failure. Although PCA was aware of the complication with food poisoning, they offered minimum communication with the public. PCA offered no public statements about its product recall until January 13, 2009, months after salmonellosis cases had been found to be a result of their company’s practices.
These cures were mostly attempted by plant or herb remedies and often failed to provide protection for the Indian population. Trade routes also help spread disease through the native American population. In 1585, when disease started showing a pattern of its presents it occurred strange to the native American population according to Thomas Hariot. He also stated that they neither knew what it was, nor how to cure it. In the case of the pueblo Indians from new Mexico, a small pox
The rough Winter most likely was the cause to 70 deaths. Based on the “Background Essay”, “Then, in the awful winter of 1609-1610, another two-thirds of the settlers died.” Harsh winters were bound to happen. There was nothing anybody could do about it or prevent it. The colonists could have prepared for it, but because they did not have the current technology, they could have not possibly predicted that a rough winter was coming their way. According to “Document D”, in 1607 August through October “Summer sickness kills half the colonists” The summer of 1607 was so severe that it killed 50 people.
European introduced epidemics hit Florida, the Carolinas, and Virginia between 1519 and 1750. It is estimated that we lost 80-95 percent of the Native American Population, and many regions in America lost 100%. Diseases such as Smallpox, bubonic plague, measles, and