Of course, the article implies it was the Spaniards’ fault, since they are supposed to have ‘cut off’ Mayan trade routes. How that could have affected their nutrition since farming was local, is not explained.
It was, in a way. Europeans brought diseases that were not known in the americas.
Left out, though, is how the same diseases affected the european civilizations when they got introduced there. It was ugly in Europe, too, when that happened.
Doesn't fit the liberal message, though, so it gets ignored.
Face it, life before antibiotics and handwashing pretty much sucked.
How that could have affected their nutrition since farming was local, is not explained.
Unless farming was the problem.
Because this was before NAFTA and the high US tariffs were killing them.
When we visited New Mexico a couple of years ago, we visited the ruins of some old Indian dwellings and missions and were told that for years the death of some of the local tribes was blamed on the Spaniards, but evidence now indicates that it was a terrible drought in that same early period that killed off the tribes. Could the same drought have been the problem in Mexico?