A Timeline of the Balmis Expedition, 1803 to 1806

We at The History of Vaccines love timelines. They help explain historical events in a way that is a little more entertaining than a boring list of important dates. Below is a small project started before the pandemic that I only now got around to finishing. It is the story of the Balmis Expedition, an expedition by Spanish physicians and their team to take the newly developed smallpox vaccine to the Spanish colonies in the Americas and Asia. I hope you enjoy it.

Author: René F. Najera, DrPH

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2 thoughts

  1. This is fascinating. Dare I ask what happened to the original Spanish orphans??

    1. The orfans were all scattered throughout New Spain. As for nurse Zendal, she settled down in Puebla, where she became a teacher. Her and her son are then lost to history from there. She was given a posthumous recognition as the first international public health nurse by the World Health Organization.

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