Megadrought and Megadeath in 16th Century Mexico

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The native population collapse in 16th century Mexico was a demographic catastrophe with one of the highest death rates in history. Recently developed tree-ring evidence has allowed the levels of precipitation to be reconstructed for north central Mexico, adding to the growing body of epidemiologic evidence and indicating that the 1545 and 1576 epidemics of cocoliztli (Nahuatl for "pest") were indigenous hemorrhagic fevers transmitted by rodent hosts and aggravated by extreme drought conditions.

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Location(s): Mexico
Creation Date: 2002
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UNT Libraries
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Environmental Policy Collection
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Creator (Author):
Acuna-Soto, Rodolfo

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Creator (Author):
Stahle, David W.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Creator (Author):
Cleaveland, Malcolm K.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Creator (Author):
Therrell, Matthew D.

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Publisher Info:
Publisher Name: Center for Disease Control
Publisher Info: http://www.cdc.gov
Place of Publication: Atlanta, GA
Date(s):
  • Creation: 2002
Coverage:
Place
Mexico
From 1519 to 1576
Description:

The native population collapse in 16th century Mexico was a demographic catastrophe with one of the highest death rates in history. Recently developed tree-ring evidence has allowed the levels of precipitation to be reconstructed for north central Mexico, adding to the growing body of epidemiologic evidence and indicating that the 1545 and 1576 epidemics of cocoliztli (Nahuatl for "pest") were indigenous hemorrhagic fevers transmitted by rodent hosts and aggravated by extreme drought conditions.

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[harvested: 2009-09-23]

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5 p. : ill.

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Keyword(s): environmental health | Dendrochronology | Epidemiology | drought | Paleoclimatology | infectious diseases
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Resource Type: Text
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