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Geneticists identify probable microbe that killed 80% of Mexico's population

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It is known that smallpox killed millions of indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica, plus the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic Coast of the United States in the first decade of the 16th century. However, a strange disease that the Nahuatl Peoples of Mexico called cocoliztli later killed 85% of the indigenous peoples of the Mexican Highlands, yet had no effect on European colonists or those indigenous peoples living near the coast. Another one of the cocoliztli plagues killed over 50% of the survivors of the first plague. The 1585 cocoliztli plague in Mexico coincided with the sudden abandonment of all the large proto-Creek towns in North Georgia and Western North Carolina.

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