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Originally posted by petera at 2011-4-6 15:44
I visited Puerto Rico recently.This is one of the many islands on this planet where not a single full blooded
native survived into the present day.Not one.Likewise in Cuba,Hispaniola,Tasmania ...
Recent studies by both Indigenous and Australia scientists put the Indigenous Aborigine population of Australia at around 315,000 when Australia was first settled in 1788.
Today the population is around 527,000. (source 2006 Census) This figure includes both full blooded Aboriginals and Part-caste Aboriginals of all types.
If you want to see full blooded blackflellas here in Australia and you are in Sydney just take a trip down to La Perouse (near Long Bay Gaol) or go to Redfern, heaps of them there. Most however live in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Where there are many "closed" communities which bar access to whitefellas. Any country town in West Australia has blackfellas and in Perth they are found concentrated in Armidale, Midland, Cullacarbardee (Black Community), Condoola, Beechboro and just north of Gnangarra Rd near Sydney Road (can't recall the suburb name) and quite a few other places.
Most Aboriginals live in the country, almost every country town west of the Blue Mountains in NSW has an aboriginal population varying from a couple of families up to 80% or more of the town in the case of places like Mooree or Moora.
Regarding the causes of death:
The most immediate consequence of British settlement was a wave of European epidemic diseases such as measles and tuberculosis. In addition, smallpox has sometimes been attributed to European settlers. However, Macassan fishermen from South Sulawesi and nearby islands may have introduced smallpox to Australia prior to European settlement. A smallpox epidemic, which is believed to have been introduced by the Macassans is estimated to have killed up to 90% of the local Darug people in 1789 and has often been attributed to be inadvertently caused by white settlers. In the 19th century, smallpox was the principal cause of Aboriginal deaths.
Your guestimation of 200,000 Million is pure crap.
Given the maximum population could be 517,000 which and 11 generations of people have been born since 1788 then the maximum of deaths by all causes including natural causes would be 5,678,000 which has me asking, where are the other 194,313,000 people are?
1 Campbell, Judy. "Invisible Invaders: Smallpox and Other Diseases in Aboriginal Australia, 1780-1880"
2 Judy Campbell: Invisible invaders. 2002, ISBN 0-522-84939-3
3 Aboriginal People and Place. Cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au (1938-01-26). 4 History. Blackwell-p.schools.nsw.edu.au.
5 Infobase. Hi.com.au. 6 Glynn, Ian; Glynn, Jenifer (2004). The life and death of smallpox. Cambridge University Press. pp. 145–146. ISBN 0521845424.