Shortly after the British settled in Sydney in 1788 began the first epidemic killing most native Australians. An example of clear evidence from the Pacific Islands is an epidemic that swept through Fiji in 1806 by several European sailors who had sunk Argo and washed ashore. Similar outbreaks have occurred in the history of Tonga, Hawaii and other Pacific islands. AND SHE LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER DOG POSTER. However, I do not mean that the role of the plague in history was merely paving the way for European expansion. Malaria, scarlet fever and other diseases of tropical Africa, India, Southeast Asia and New Guinea are the most important obstacles for Europeans when colonizing these tropical regions.