Top 40 Deadliest Catastrophes in History

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18. Smallpox epidemic

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In XVI century, America was inhabited by 100 million people, but a terrible plague has reduced the number of populating in 10-20 times, having left only 5-10 million inhabitants at the continent. The indigenous population lived quite happily until the European immigrants brought smallpox, which took about 500 million lives!

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