Smallpox epidemic kills 15,000 Native American Indians (38 words)

Historical Context Note

Context

Between 1837 and 1838 a smallpox epidemic devastated the people of the Great Plains. The likely source was an infected deckhand on board an American Fur Company steamboat, the S.S. St. Peter, which was travelling up the Missouri River.

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  1. First Peoples in North America

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