1721The Boston Smallpox Epidemic took place.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, State Events, Health

The population in Boston at that time was 11,000 people. Between April and December 1721, there were close to 6,000 cases and over 844 deaths reported. This epidemic resulted in the colonies’ first and very controversial experiment in public inoculation against the disease.

“The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721.” Contagion - CURIOSity Digital Collections, 26 Mar. 2020, https://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu/contagion/feature/the-boston-smallpox-epidemic-1721
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