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Question:

Read the\u00A0supporting details\u00A0then answer the following question. Which of the following options best\u00A0identifies why the Arctic\u2019s initial population was small?

A Inhospitable landscape
Explaination

The Arctic\u2019s initial population was small due to its inhospitable landscape. The answer to this question is identified in the third sentence of the first paragraph. You may have thought that the correct answer was European diseases and oppression, but those are what caused its already small population to drop, not why its initial population was small.