The aftermath of 1492: Study shows how Native American depopulation impacted ecology

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160125155735.htm

Among the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico, disease didn’t break out until nearly a century after their first contact with Europeans, following the establishment of mission churches in the seventeenth century, a team of researchers has shown. The depopulation was so extreme it led to changes in forest fires in the region, they say.

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