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"To cope with illnesses brought on by the climate, [New England] colonists heeded Native Americans and looked to local plants and herbs as medicines. For instance, colonists learned from Native Americans that the Boneset plant could be used to break fevers and chills and could treat diseases ranging from colds and influenza to malaria and typhoid." from THE AMERICANS page 61

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