A devastating impact. Natives of the Americas had no immune resistance to illnesses from Europe, such as influenza, measles and smallpox. The vast majority of Natives who became infected with such illnesses died from them. Infections also spread very quickly within and between Native communities. Some estimates figure that 90% of the Natives in North America died this way in the first 50 years or so after Europeans arrived, and almost all died without ever having seen a white man. By the time white settlers came to push them off their land, their societies were already deeply weakened by waves of deathly disease.
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It was a holocaust.
I have read that the reason the USA refused to condemn genocide after the Nazi holocaust of World War II was that our government could then be called to account for its treatment of Native American peoples. (I do not recall the reference for this.)
More and more, however, we are learning how valuable to us all is the world view of American indigenous peoples.
The resolution is contained in twelve worlds of Buster Yellow Kidney, a contemporary medicine keeper of the Blackfoot in Montana:
"That was then, this is now. That was them, this is us."
The Europeans had a horrible impact on the Native Americans when they arrived off their ships. For one the Europeans bought terrible diseases and even STD's that still exist today such as syphilis. The Native Americans over times were scared away and killed away from their home land and migrated further north at least the few that were left. The Europeans were land and money hungry so they also migrated further to find more riches and land to explore and live on leaving the Native Americans populations suffering.