RE: Bones Reveal Some Truth in 'Noble Savage Myth

From: Lawrence DeBivort (
Date: Wed Apr 17 2002 - 14:00:08 BST

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    IIRC, I saw a science program on our PBS-TV that reported it was likely that
    syphillis was detected in skeletal remains unearthed in some seaport in
    England before Europeans had contact with North America. The bones were at
    the site of a building that served seafaring voyagers, and the speculation
    was made that the disease might have originated elsewhere in Europe.


    > Right, and besides even if we (speaking as a European) did made the
    > amerindians more violent than their "noble" past, their got own
    > back through
    > giving us things like potatos (would the Irish famine had have
    > happened over
    > a native species?) and, IIRC the fatal strain of syphillis. Of
    > course, that
    > doesn't compensate for the- what's the estimate?- 60 million dead
    > lives lost
    > through colonialism in the Americas.

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