Spread of Small Pox in the Pacific Northwest, in the late 1700s to 1863
This map shows the spread of smallpox in the Pacific Northwest, USA, from the late 1700s to 1863. The color-coded areas indicate the approximate range of the epidemics. The map indicates that the locations where small-pox was detected was documented by early explorers, missionaries and anthropologists.
“Handbook of North American Indians,” Vol.7, Northwest Coast, Wayne Suttles (Smithsonian Institution, 1990.); “The Coming of the Spirit of Pestilence,” Robert Boyd (University of Washington Press, 1999.); “Pox Americana, The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82,” Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill and Wang, 2001).
Map produced by Mark Nowlin, The Seattle Times.
©2005, The Seattle Times