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    •  Another quibble with the smallpox blankets (0+ / 0-)

      That practice occurred well before 1763; IIRC the Spanish also spread smallpox in this fashion to Native Americans in their colonies in the 16th and 17th centuries

      •  despite the fact that it seems to have been a (0+ / 0-)

        common occurrence throughout North American colonial history, there are only rare actual written accounts of it happening. Amherst's letter describing his actions seems to be the earliest actual written record of this practice that has been found by historians. Although the Spanish did introduce smallpox, measles, and other European diseases that were lethal to huge numbers of natives, and although there were many later stories that some of this was deliberate, there don't appear to be any earlier written contemporary accounts describing this.

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