"The Great Dying": European colonists brought with them the germs of many diseases that Wabanaki Indians had never been exposed to before. With horrifying speed, most of the Wabanaki population sickened and died. Whole villages were lost. As political and religious leaders succumbed to the diseases, economic, social, and political networks fell apart. The survivors were left to make sense of a world that had been ravaged before their eyes in three short years.