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  •  Smallpox had been in N. America for 250 yrs (0+ / 0-)

    The indigenous peoples had already been devastated.  There is no evidence that this single event causes an epidemic or even an outbreak.  The only confirmation this tactic was ever carried out comes in the  Journal of William Trent, 1763

    Trent's entry for May 24, 1763, includes the following statement:
    ... we gave them two Blankets and an Handkerchief out of the Small Pox Hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect.
    Certainly damning, but not likely to have amounted to a lot.

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