Rubbing beetles on bodies: epidemics in Tenochtitlan | Culture

Smallpox appeared in America between 1518 and 1520. It made a stopover in Cuba and immediately reached Veracruz. That same year it rose to the valley of Mexico and in October, the virus struck Tenochtitlan. In a few months, a third of the city’s population, which was then around 250,000 inhabitants, perished. Smallpox was only […]

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