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The book I read to research this post was Native American History for Dummies by Dorothy Lippert PhD et al. This is an excellent book and it’s one I bought from amazon quite a long time ago. Believe me there’s a lot of topics in this book I could have done a blog on but what I am going to write about is how the native american population has dwindled. In the time since europeans discovered america 90-95% of the native american population has been wiped out. This has been due to the fact that they had no defence against the diseases the europeans brought with them. Often they bought cattle which contained contagions and there’s even one case where blankets which had been used by smallpox victims were given to the native americans thereby infecting them. This book mentions there were 93 separate epidemics in the first 400 years. Also often the native americans didn’t have access to medical treatment and many thought their gods had turned on them.  Even nowadays native americans in the US are much less likely to have medical insurance can their european counterparts.