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  •  True, but I was also thinking of smallpox... (6+ / 0-)

    not that I believe we did it intentionally.

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    by JPax on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 10:43:12 AM PDT

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    •  of course not... (7+ / 0-)
      In 1763 at the Siege of Fort Pitt, many historians claim that smallpox-infested blankets were removed from fallen British soldiers. They were then to be distributed to Native Americans who accepted the blankets as their own. An English trader is quoted concerning the two Indian chiefs given "two blankets and a handkerchief out of the small pox hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect." A smallpox outbreak did occur in this area among Indians in the spring.

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      by annieli on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 10:47:47 AM PDT

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      •  To be "fair" (0+ / 0-)

        That was the action of an individual incident by an individual moron, never policy. Even the army and it's generals knew that they'd have no way to control whom the smallpox affected since germ theory and immunology weren't exactly bubble in the consciousness of the age. They actively resisted calls from some quarters to do so even once it wasn't the British in charge but their revolutionary offspring.

        That said, it wasn't so much that they were unwilling to kill the first peoples, just that they were unwilling to do it in a way that they couldn't control.

        What I find fascinating is the difference in how the french and the british (and later american) colonials interacted with the natives.

        Nicht durch Zorn, sondern durch Lachen tödtet man. ~Nietzsche

        by somewierdguy on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:49:52 AM PDT

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        •  of course, fair's fair on the interwebs (2+ / 0-)
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          See Ann F. Ramenofsky, Vectors of Death: The Archaeology of European Contact (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1987):

          Among Class I agents, Variola major holds a unique position. Although the virus is most frequently transmitted through droplet infection, it can survive for a number of years outside human hosts in a dried state (Downie 1967; Upham 1986). As a consequence, Variola major can be transmitted through contaminated articles such as clothing or blankets (Dixon 1962). In the nineteenth century, the U.S. Army sent contaminated blankets to Native Americans, especially Plains groups, to control the Indian problem (Stearn and Stearn 1945). [p. 148]

          See also Robert L. O'Connell, Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression (NY and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989):

          Marking a milestone of sorts, certain colonists during the French and Indian Wars resorted to trading smallpox-contaminated blankets to local tribes with immediate and devastating results. While infected carcasses had long been catapulted into besieged cities, this seems to be the first time a known weakness in the immunity structure of an adversary population was deliberately exploited with a weapons response. [p. 171]

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          by annieli on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:28:04 PM PDT

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      •  Nowadays they're afraid of Camel-pox (0+ / 0-)

        Terrist A-rabs.

        ..and they're all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same.

        by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 04:36:33 PM PDT

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