The first groups of Europeans to visit the New World brought only disaster, disease, and death. This is a very true statement with which many people agree with. There are hundreds of reasons to back this statement up but this essay will give you the most common reasons why the first groups of Europeans to visit the New World brought only disaster, disease, and death.
"The population before the early contact was twenty-seven million and then by 1650, the population decreased to one million. This was cause by violence, disease, and overwork." Imagine all of Canada getting wiped off this earth. That is what happened to the Native people of the seventeenth century. How could someone argue that it was not the Europeans who had the biggest factor on the decrease of population? When the Europeans came over, they brought diseases that the natives had not have been exposed to before. So, they were not immune to them so they died from the common cold and other small diseases that only made the Europeans sick. Also, the Europeans came and wanted the land for themselves and the Natives had to fight for the land. They lost many times and many men were killed from these battles. When the natives lost their battles, many were used as slaves in the European settlements. The fur trade turned the life of the Natives right around and for the most sake it was not good. 2" Their old independence had gone, the foreigners with their small pox and brandy, guns and blankets, laws and religion, had come to stay." .
Disease killed millions of natives all over North America from their contact with the Europeans. The common cold or flu killed hundreds of natives each month because they were not immune to it like the Europeans. 3" The Huron's were weakened by foreign diseases." At first, the diseases did not kill many because there was not that much contact. As soon as the Fur trade started, the death of natives went skyrocketing.