A Very Remarkable Sickness: Epidemics in the Petit Nord, by Paul Hackett

By Paul Hackett

The sector among the good Lakes and Lake Winnipeg, bounded at the north by means of the Hudson Bay lowlands, is typically referred to as the "Petit Nord." delivering a hyperlink among the towns of jap Canada and the western inside, the Petit Nord was once a severe conversation and transportation hub for the North American fur exchange for over 2 hundred years. even if new ailments had first arrived within the New international within the sixteenth century, through the tip of the seventeenth century shorter transoceanic go back and forth time intended a long way higher variety of illnesses survived the adventure from Europe and have been nonetheless in a position to infect new groups. those acute, without delay transmitted infectious illnesses, together with smallpox, influenza, and measles, will be liable for a huge demise and could ceaselessly remodel North American Aboriginal groups. ancient geographer Paul Hackett meticulously strains the diffusion of those ailments from Europe via significant Canada to the West. major buying and selling gatherings at Sault Ste. Marie, the alternate carried through the Petit Nord via Hudson Bay corporation ships, and the shuttle nexus on the pink River cost, all supplied leading breeding floor for the creation, incubation and transmission of acute illness. Hackett's research of facts in fur-trade journals and oral background, mixed together with his learn of the diffusion behaviour and features of particular ailments, yields a finished photo of the place, whilst, and the way the unbelievable impression of those epidemics used to be felt.

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The measure of this ability to spread is known as diffusion potential. Anthropologist Ann Ramenofsky suggested that the diffusion potential of a particular disease varies with three factors: the length of the infectious period; the population density of the location and the surrounding region; and the contact mechanisms between communities or regions. Using the characteristic infectious period as a measure, she assigned a rank to several of the major epidemic diseases, dividing them into three classes (Table 2).

Geographer Peter Haggett offered a similar explanation in examining the introduction of smallpox, measles, influenza, and rubella to Australia, New Zealand, and the southwest Pacific. Again, decreases in the trip length led directly to the introduction of "new" diseases. Compared to the voyages to New England, the journey to Hudson Bay remained of long duration during the entire eighteenth century. An analysis of the travel times from their final departure point in the British Isles to the first landing at the HBC posts during the period from 1719 to 1737 reveals a mean duration of just over sixty-seven days, or of more than seven weeks.

It is also probable that Old World diseases were extremely rare in this part of North America at this time. The first widespread epidemic in northeastern North America occurred along the coast of New England between 1616 and approximately 1619, but failed to spread far inland, being limited to parts of present-day Massachusetts, 31 32 CHAPTER ONE Maine, and Rhode Island. This devastating episode caused extremely high levels of mortality. 35 Two smaller outbreaks occurred in the interior, not too distant from the Petit Nord.

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