The story of Small Pox Questions:

  1. What caused the near wipe out of native people following  the European invasion of the Americas?  How many millions of people estimated to have died?  What percent of the population is that?
  2. Why does the author refer to this as genocide?
  3. Describe how small pox infects people.  What does it look like?
  4. According to the author, where does small pox come from?  How is it linked to Europeans?
  5. According to the author, why are Europeans better suited to survive small pox?
  6. According to the author, why didn’t the people of the New World suffer the same germs before the Europeans arrived?
  7. Why are germs considered the deadliest agent of conquest?