Tag Archives: smallpox

The strange truth about smallpox and Native Americans

Did Europeans deliberately give smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans? Absolutely. There is one proven case and many other suspicious ones. But the largest smallpox outbreak, the one that killed possibly hundreds of thousands of Natives, started during the Revolutionary War. … Continue reading

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Land acknowledgement: Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is S’Klallam (or Klallam) land. The town occupies the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, where the Straight of Juan de Fuca meets Puget Sound. The tides, as well as every bird, fish, or orca traveling into or … Continue reading

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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.  They met with the … Continue reading

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Selective Memories from Syria to Fort Pitt

President Obama is right to voice outrage at the use of chemical weapons in Syria.  While the concept of rules in warfare is a bit ironic, maintaining an international consensus against the use of these weapons, which kill civilians so … Continue reading

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