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Very doubtful that it was bubonic plague. It is more likely to have been a combination of European diseases like influenza, smallpox, common cold (a corona virus), etc first brought to the New World by Portuguese fishermen. The natives had no immunity to those things.
It's pretty important to keep this in perspective: There's a tendency to conclude that the Native American populations were devastated while White Interlopers happily trundled along in ruddy health, benefiting from germ warfare. But this was not really the case. There was a constant fight for survival in the elements, while scurvy, plague, smallpox, dysentery, and other deadly complaints took an inordinate toll on the newcomers as well.
I'm currently reading Rick Atkinson's American Revolution saga, The British Are Coming which lays out the huge consequence that such diseases had on various battles and campaigns. Life was not easy for anyone in those times.
If they had only known that all you had to do was wear a mask. wear a mask while driving alone but once you sit down to eat the virus won't get you so you can take it off. Wear a mask while in front of the cameras but the rest of the time you are safe.
Good article. Disease in the Indigenous peoples may also have coming via traders in the Canadian Maritimes who established temporary settlements prior to 1620. When the famed Squanto returned from England he found all his tribal villages empty. A few survivors now lived with other tribes.
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