On this date… June 13, 1717… New York

On this date in 1717, the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) Confederacy were conducting an investigation into the cause of a small pox epidemic.  They had sent investigators as far as Maryland and Virginia. 

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They met with the Governor of New York.  The Governor, however, was either steeped in primitive superstitions or sought to hide from the truth.  His explanation for the epidemic:  “We Christians look upon that disease and others of that kind as punishments for our misdeeds and sin, such as breaking of covenants & promises, murders, and robbery, and the like.” 

What the Governor did not know was that, like a boomerang, the epidemic was about to return to Boston, striking sixty percent of its population.  

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