Aztecs Dying of Smallpox

Aztecs Dying of Smallpox

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Caption: Illustration of Aztecs dying from smallpox. Hernan Cortes' (1485-1547) Spanish conquistadors brought European diseases to Central America that proved far more deadly to the indigenous populations than the foreign weapons. Here, the Florentine Codex (compiled 1540-1585) shows Aztecs dying from smallpox, against which they had no defense. The Florentine Codex comprises twelve books compiled in the late 16th century by the conquering Spaniards and filled with copies of original source material recording conversations with indigenous people. It is full of illustrations.

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