Sunday, December 21, 2008


This Day in the History of Tit for Tat

On this day in 1494, a new sickness broke out in Naples, which illness was later named Syphilis. The point source of the outbreak were sailors from Columbus' ships who had returned from the New World in March, 1493. The Europeans gave the native Americans a lot of different diseases which they were more used to than the natives. That's one of the reasons the people in North and South America speak mostly European languages now. But it wasn't a completely one way transfer.


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