Today In History: In 1871, Smallpox Epidemic Breaks Out In CapeCoast And Surrounding Territories

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In 1871, Smallpox Epidemic Breaks Out In CapeCoast And Surrounding Territories

Its been over 149 years since the smallpox epidemic and the World is facing another pandemic the Coronavirus. History has shown that the world keeps fighting epidemics over some periods of time. After the Influenza the Coronavirus has become the next global menace.

The first major smallpox epidemic broke out in Cape Coast and the interior on May 13, 1871. The Europeans had some immunity to this as it was endemic in Europe so adult survivors of childhood disease were often immune.

The Asante Army which defeated the British and their coastal allies at Jukwa, 17 miles from Cape Coast, in 1873 under famed general Amankwa Tia, were eventually defeated by smallpox, which took a heavier toll on the non-immune Asante troops, causing their hasty withdrawal and turning the tide of history.

Smallpox became a serious military liability to the Asante army often anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 men in close quarters.

Source: Eaumf

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