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In the article Was Disease the Key Factor in the Depopulation of Native Americans in the Americas David Jones claims that other factors besides disease were to blame for the depopulation of Native Americans Jones first statement says that malnutrition could have been a major factor in the depopulation Malnutrition increases the susceptibility to infection It also causes deficiency diseases like rickets By having a protein or other dietary deficiency you lower your cellular and hormonal response to fight disease and sickness to remain healthy It also proven that certain diseases have a greater risk of occurring if malnutrition remains a factor Another cause for the depopulation Jones claims is that the environmental stress placed on Native Americans across the country caused death Many areas were the victim of drought and famine This has proven to be the case in many situations including the severe outbreaks of smallpox that occurred in Peru from 1800 to 1805 when they were experiencing a drought and other economic problems Once a location experienced crop failures or famines they were then not economically stable that may have then let to malnutrition and poor sanitation when under the United States government In 1807 an epidemic was susceptible to the Hopis because of a drought and famine Throughout history environmental stress has also proven to possible be a cause of depopulation One of the last David Jones acknowledges as a reason to the depopulation is the dislocation many European civilizations caused the Native Americans Proof of this theory is displayed when the Hawaiians endured more deaths than the Samoans when different sections of land were taken over by newly entered Europeans Also the Navajo was able to survive better than Hopi because their lifestyle adapted easier to European customs forced by Europeans The mental and physical stress warfare and displacement that was brought upon the Native Americans was enough to depopulate some tribes as they were unable to win battles or
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