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In his article The Columbian Voyages the Columbian Exchange and Their Historians Alfred W Crosby seems to think that much of the Columbian voyages and what came out of them was detrimental to many cultures most of all the Native Americans Crosby brings up many institutions and ideologies to re-enforce his opinion such as the slave trade and the conquest of many Native American cultures One of the major effects of the Columbian exchange was the decimation of the Native American population Crosby attributes this to many factors the conquest of the Europeans the cultural vacuum created by European attempts to Christianize the Amerindians and the introduction of new and lethal micro-organisms into the ecosystem More commonly known as viruses these organisms wreaked havoc with a population that had never been exposed to them previously Crosby chalks this up as another way the Europeans decimated the population of the Amerindians but neglected to mention that although the introduction of new viruses and diseases into a culture is devastating it is an integral part of nature and cannot be avoided There are many reasons that disease is a necessary part of an ecosystem First and most obvious is the fact that it is one of natures natural checks This means that nature in an attempt to control population and insure a balanced ecosystem constantly checks itself Disease is an integral part of these checks as it cuts down on the population of human beings- an animal that is certainly at the top of the food chain If human beings had no natural checks as they have no natural predators in the wild their population would soar This in turn would lead to more consumption at the top of the food chain eliminating the predators to creatures at the lower end of the food chain This would cause their numbers to rise which would lead to
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