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Columbus theoryJoe Segen2016-12-27T23:23:07+00:00
Definition The theory that syphilis originated in the New World and was brought back to Europe by Columbus’ crew from venereal contacts with the natives of Hispaniola.
Those contacts are believed by some to have given rise to the “great pox” (in contrast to small pox) epidemics that affected the sexually promiscuous in 16th and 17th century Europe. Whilst it has had a plethora of naysayers over the centuries, most recent data support the Columbus theory.
Synonym Columbian theory