It logically follows that since malaria had high likeliness of recurrence and debilitating effects that it, as well as other diseases, had a profound economic impact. Though it may seem illogical, the theory has been suggested that if colonial Chesapeake society had sustained a large population that the economy would have suffered. This idea is based on the fact that higher production of a single crop (tobacco) would result in a lowered per capita income (Rutman, 55).


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