How many Aztecs died due to smallpox?


How many Aztecs died due to smallpox?


Smallpox was a very deadly disease. European explorers, such as the Spanish conquistadors who invaded Mexico in the 16th century, brought smallpox and other virulent diseases with them to North America, where these diseases had been previously unknown.

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Historians estimate that between five and eight million Aztecs died from smallpox during two large epidemics in 1519 and 1520. At this time, though,...

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The Defeat of the Aztecs


Chapter 15 / Lesson 8

Learn about who conquered the Aztecs and when the Aztecs were conquered. Also, read about the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan and how it fell to Hernan Cortes.

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