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Pox Americana by Elizabeth A. Fenn
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Jan 15, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2009

One of those big picture histories that takes a whole bunch of different threads and ties them together. This one tracks a smallpox epidemic that changed the course of the American Revolution, crippled the U.S. invasion of Canada, doomed Lord Dunmore's Ethiopian Regiment of freed slaves, devastated everything along New Spain's royal highways, raced through Native American trade routes and allowed the Sioux to create their imperium of the plains, and more. On top of the excellent history its a pretty riveting story, often written like a detective novel as the author sleuths down the elusive virus that changed the face of an entire continent.
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