Research[ edit ] Since the s, psychologists have conducted experiments on the nature and limits of human multitasking.
This was mainly because outsiders introduced infectious diseases to which the inhabitants had weak immunities. Epidemics were sometimes locally catastrophic, comparable to the Great Dying in the Americas relative to population size.
In the late eighteenth century, for example, a pestilence on the Siberian peninsula of Kamchatka carried off as many as 75 percent of the local inhabitants.
When European settlers started arriving in New Zealand inthe indigenous Maori population may have numberedor more. Byit declined to 56, owing mainly to diseases that Europeans brought with them.
Rapid urbanization accompanied world population growth. Inonly nine cities in the world had a population of 1 million or more. Bytwenty-seven cities had more than 1 million people. Steamships and railroads made major migrations of peoples possible in Big Era Seven.
More than 50 million people emigrated from Europe including Russia during the era, two-thirds of them permanently. Most of them were looking for work, opportunity, and the prospect of higher living standards than they had enjoyed in their native lands. Indigenous peoples resisted these newcomers, but in many places they were eventually demographically swamped by them.
For example, the population of the territory that now constitutes the United States may have been as high as 10 million inand those people were all American Indians. According to the census, by contrast, the population classified as American Indian or Native Alaskan numbered just over 2 million, a number representing only about 0.
These overseas migrations of Europeans also had a significant environmental impact. This is because Europeans and their descendants possessed both sophisticated machine technology and expectations of relatively high standards of living.
Therefore, they tended to exploit natural resources more intensively than did the peoples they replaced. Emigrants leaving England for America in Between andabout 1.
Afterhowever, the proportion of people of African descent living in the Americas declined relative to the number of people of European ancestry. This happened because so many more Europeans migrated to the Americas in the nineteenth century than did before Also, the average life span of African slaves was significantly lower than that of European immigrants to the Americas.
A third pattern was the migration of Asian laborers.
Between andsome 30 to 40 million Indians and about 15 million Chinese left their countries to seek work in mines and on plantations in European colonies and Latin American countries, as well as in Southeast Asia, the Pacific islands, and South Africa.
In the earlier decades of the century, many Asians migrated under contracts of indenture, which offered them free or cheap transport in return for a specified number of years of employment. Many of indentured migrants were treated unfairly and left worse off than they had been at home. Many Asians migrated to the U.
Many became permanent settlers, though others eventually returned home. By one estimate, more than million people world-wide were involved in long-distance migrations during Big Era Seven. Finally, we must also mention the millions more who migrated within the lands of their birth to seek work and opportunity in cities or other regions of economic growth.
Environmental impact of industrialization and migration. Deforestation increased on a global scale. So too did water pollution from chemical and agricultural discharges into lakes and streams, and atmospheric pollution from the burning of huge amounts of coal.
The advent of railroads and steamships also hastened the diffusion of plants and animals to new parts of the world.
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