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Native Society and Disease in Colonial Ecuador

Native Society and Disease in Colonial Ecuador

by Suzanne Austin Alchon, Alan Knight


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This book examines the relationship between indigenous populations in the north-central highlands of Ecuador and disease, especially those infections introduced by Europeans during the sixteenth century. Disease, of course, existed in the Americas long before 1500. But just as native societies resisted and eventually adapted to European conquest, so too did they adapt to Old World pathogens. Just as the responses of Indian communities to the economic and political demands of Spaniards varied over time, so too did the immunological responses of indigenous populations change over generations. What began in the sixteenth century as contact and invasion soon would involve both Indians and Europeans in a new history of biological, as well as social, adaptation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521401869
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2003
Series: Cambridge Latin American Studies Series , #71
Pages: 165
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Along the avenue of volcanoes; 2. Disease, illness, and healing before 1534; 3. Conquest and epidemic disease; 4. Changing patterns of disease and demography; 5. Disaster and crisis in the 1690s; 6. Disease and demographic stagnation; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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