Or Guns, Germs and Steel…without the germs.
So I’ve been reading a bit about the early European-Native American contacts, I dunno about you but it always seems like the native inhabitants of the Americas really got shafted by history. As if meeting colonialist Europeans wasn’t bad enough and lagging behind technologically, they also get the real kick in the teeth and get decimated by Old World diseases. Even relatively benign contact ended with death, reading about the English in Virginia where after meetings in villages people would start to die.
So my question is this - what if the epidemics hadn’t happened, if via wacky time travel hypothetical every native inhabitant were vaccinated against any and all communicable pathogens Europeans might spread to them. Europeans OP, nerfed.
How does history change? Do any Native American nations survive to present day, or do European guns and steel do the job just as well? One thing that changes I think would be the slave trade, originating in the need for labour in the New World in the absence of locally available slaves. So we might never have rock 'n roll.