'The global transfer of diseases became instrumental

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#1

‘The global transfer of diseases became instrumental in colonisation of Africa and South America’. Explain the statement.


#2

This statement states the fact that the European conquest of colonies in Africa as well as South America was not just a result of superior, modern, sophisticated firepower but because of the germs such as those of smallpox that they carried with them. Smallpox in particular proved to be a fatal disease. Once it reached the continent, it started spreading deep into the condnent and also before reaching any European there.