Mosquito empires : ecology and war in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 / J.R. McNeill.

McNeill, John Robert.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
1 online resource (xviii, 371 pages) : maps
New approaches to the Americas.
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Human ecology -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Revolutions -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Yellow fever -- Environmental aspects -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Malaria -- Environmental aspects -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Epidemics -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Medical geography -- Caribbean Area -- History.
Caribbean Area -- History.
"This book explores the links among ecology, disease, and international politics in the context of the Greater Caribbean - the landscapes lying between Suriname and the Chesapeake - in the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries. Ecological changes made these landscapes especially suitable for the vector mosquitoes of yellow fever and malaria, and these diseases wrought systematic havoc among armies and would-be settlers. Because yellow fever confers immunity on survivors of the disease, and because malaria confers resistance, these diseases played partisan roles in the struggles for empire and revolution, attacking some populations more severely than others. In particular, yellow fever and malaria attacked newcomers to the region, which helped keep the Spanish Empire Spanish in the face of predatory rivals in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In the late eighteenth and through the nineteenth century, these diseases helped revolutions to succeed by decimating forces sent out from Europe to prevent them"--Provided by publisher.
The argument (and its limits) in brief
Atlantic empires and Caribbean ecology
Deadly fevers, deadly doctors
Fevers take hold: from Recife to Kourou
Yellow fever rampant and British ambition repulsed, 1690-1780
Lord Cornwallis vs. Anopheles quadrimaculattus, 1780-1781
Revolutionary fevers, 1790-1898: Haiti, New Granada, and Cuba
Conclusion: vector and virus vanquished, 1880-1914.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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