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  • Tags: 1700-1799

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Although the most famous yellow fever epidemic hit Philadelphia in 1793, the disease returned often in the ensuing decades. This War Department document, from 1798, details requirements for combating and preventing the contagious fever that was…

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Henry Ravenel, son of Huguenot emigrant Rene Ravenel and owner of Hanover Plantation, routinely documented significant events, both personal and financial, a habit he presumably inherited from observing his father keep detailed records of important…

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Shipwreck stories were a popular literary genre. This magazine article told the story of eight survivors of an "Asiatick ship" that wrecked near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, in 1761. Other survivors died or left the island on rafts. A…

Charity brief 1760.pdf
Days after a great fire ravaged the town of Boston in March 1760, Governor Thomas Pownall issued this "brief" which was to be circulated throughout Massachusetts to solicit donations to help those left homeless by the conflagration. Public officials…

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In 1793, Philadelphia experienced a massive outbreak of yellow fever. At the time, there was no vaccine for the disease and no one knew how it was spread. People who were financially able to do so fled city, but those who stayed died at an alarming…

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This lithograph, Destruction de Lisbon, is one of many visual representations of the great earthquake that--in conjunction with the fire and tsunami that it caused--killed as many as 40,000 people and destroyed the Portuguese capital on 1 November…

Pa Gaz 1772 St Croix relief.pdf
Proclamation of the Danish royal governor of the island of St Croix after the ruinous hurricane of 31 August-1 September 1772. Although hurricanes were common in the West Indies, this one was unusually severe. Governor Von Roepstorff estimated that…

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John Wilkinson, an English physician, obtained a patent for the first modern life jacket, made of cork, in 1765. He believed that the English, being such “a commercial and naval people,” should seek to prevent “those very frequent disasters” at sea…

Boston WNL 1737 shipwreck.pdf
The Catherine left Northern Ireland for Boston in early June and wrecked near Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, on 17 July. Most of its 202 passengers were Ulster Scots who were emigrating America. More than half--men, women, and…

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Personal floatation device invented by the seventeenth-century German polymath Johann Christoph Wagenseil. Equipped with hinges—so that the user could insert himself into the circle and then securely reclose it—Wagenseil’s invention was to be used…
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