Native American Population Pre-European Contact

We all know how Europeans genocided the Native American population after contact in 1492. But I was shocked to just learn that pre-European contact North America had a population of 2-6M. For comparison, Europe had a population of 70-150M.

It's my understanding that North American has bountiful land comparable to that of Europe. If that's true, then how the fuck did the Native Americans fall over an order of magnitude behind Europeans in population, before any of the post-contact guns germs steel and treachery arguments could apply?

  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Technology, organization. Tribal people tend to live short, brutal lives.

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Europeans genocided the Native American population
    You think these are Spaniards?

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Genetically they're half Spanish. Also he's discussing with North American natives.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Mexico is in North America. And what does a pure native look like if those brown motherfucker are "half Spanish"?

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          Pure natives are pretty fucking ugly

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            do you found those attractive? lol

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              No, they're also butt ugly. But natives look like they're from another planet

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          More Asian.
          The people in South America now are mixed Spanish/Portuguese/Black slave/Native American.

          The natives weren't so much genocided, as they died of disease born in highly populated European cities. The rest were absorbed into the colonizing population.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Phenotypically they're indistinguishable from the average Spaniard / Italian / Moor
      >Swarthy
      >shit-eyes
      >short

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        At least they’re whiter than Arabs and Nafris

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Spaniards are more hairy.

    • 9 months ago
      solarfair00;;;;5006

      Genetically they're half Spanish. Also he's discussing with North American natives.

      Mexico is in North America. And what does a pure native look like if those brown motherfucker are "half Spanish"?

      >You think these are Spaniards?
      I understand that there was more miscegenation among the South American natives. However you may be surprised to know that while the population estimate for North America in 1500 was 2-6M; the population estimate for South America in 1500 was 40M. Thus we can theorize that the greater miscegenation was merely a corollary of the greater population, not a difference in and of itself. Which brings us back to the original mystery - why was the North American population so low (nevermind Mexico)?

      It was a bountiful land because there was less people in it.

      >It was a bountiful land because there was less people in it.
      Which begs the question, why didn't their population multiply Malthusian-style until it was no longer per-capita bountiful, as Europe's did?

      Technology, organization. Tribal people tend to live short, brutal lives.

      >Technology, organization. Tribal people tend to live short, brutal lives.

      Hunter gatherer lifestyle

      >Hunter gatherer lifestyle
      This is the only theory I've heard proposed. Is this the only explanation? And if it is, why were they stuck in this mode when hunter gatherers in Europe and China managed to transition, even in the face of repeated invasion from other hunter gatherers?

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    natives who lived around new england/nova scotia were from europe.
    during the ice age, europeans migrated across the ice to modern day North america, the same way asians migrated.
    this is why native americans around new england built longhouses and wore pants, they used to be proto bell beakers.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Sweet, another solutrean schitzo, forget to take your meds this evening?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Oh wait I stand corrected, you're claiming that the beakers travelled all the way across Siberia, across the Bering land bridge, and into the Americas through Alaska all the way to Prince Edward Island? You've lost your mind

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          Absolutely fucking mogged. Haplogroup Q'd

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    It was a bountiful land because there was less people in it.

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hunter gatherer lifestyle

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