|In the epidemic of
1759-60, according to the South Carolina Gazette, It is pretty
certain that the Smallpox has lately raged with great Violence among the
Catawba Indians, and that it has carried off near one-half of that nation, by
throwing themselves in the river, as soon as they found themselves ill - This
Distemper has since appeared amongst the Inhabitants of the Charraws and
Waterees, where many Families are down.
|The 1760 epidemic
was staggering in scope: of approximately 8,000 residents of Charleston, an
estimated 6,000 contracted the disease. In April 1760, the South Carolina
Gazette reported 730 deaths due to smallpox.
|John Duffy. (1953) Epidemics
in Colonial America. Louisiana
State University Press