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The missing plague that could have changed history

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When European colonizers came to American shores, the plague they brought with them killed almost 90% of the indigenous population. But why was there no existing plague in the "New World" that affected Europeans?

CGP Grey explains in this video about the missing "Americapox."

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Watch Part 2 of CGP Grey's series on this topic: Animal Domestication
CGP Grey based this video on the book Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
TED-Ed: The Past, Present and Future of Bubonic Plague
History.com: Black Death
American Museum of Natural History: Domestication Timeline

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