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It is five-fold. First, occasional direct estimates of segments of the Aboriginal population were made by contemporaries – priests and military and civil officials. Second, more often compilations of certain social categories – most often the size of Indigenous armies – are used as surrogate censuses through the expedient of multiplying these categories by some factor. indb 29 13-04-08 9:05 AM 30 Donald Harman Akenson it is possible to estimate certain local populations. Fourth, circumstantial ecological evidence about the human carrying capacity of a given region (say a well-defined floodplain) is sometimes introduced.
We do know that Amerindian numbers have been recovering from their nadir population for at least a century, but we must conjecture when this nadir was. It would have been different for each regional population; for most, the low point was probably sometime in the second half of the nineteenth century or later. 15 The multipliers are conceptually intriguing but have little empirical demonstration and an extreme degree of variance. However, one thing is clear: by the end of the Spanish and the Portuguese Empires, the “X” of rising European populations and of declining Aboriginal populations had already crossed.