Mosquito Empires (New Approaches to the Americas) by McNeill

By McNeill

This ebook explores the hyperlinks between ecology, sickness, and foreign politics within the context of the better Caribbean - the landscapes mendacity among Surinam and the Chesapeake - within the 17th via early 20th centuries. Ecological adjustments made those landscapes specifically appropriate for the vector mosquitoes of yellow fever and malaria, and those illnesses wrought systematic havoc between armies and would-be settlers. simply because yellow fever confers immunity on survivors of the ailment, and since malaria confers resistance, those ailments performed partisan roles within the struggles for empire and revolution, attacking a few populations extra seriously than others. particularly, yellow fever and malaria attacked beginners to the sector, which helped hold the Spanish Empire Spanish within the face of predatory opponents within the 17th and early eighteenth centuries. within the past due eighteenth and during the 19th century, those ailments helped revolutions to be triumphant via decimating forces despatched out from Europe to avoid them.

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