Thursday, June 7, 2012

On June 7

On this day in ...
...1832 (180 years ago today), at Quebec, the ship Carrick arrived from Dublin, carrying immigrants from Ireland. After the newcomers were allowed to enter, a few, "feverish," were found to have Asian cholera -- a disease that then "spread like wildfire" throughout Quebec and Montreal. An estimated 9,000 persons would die in the course of this cholera epidemic, which some blamed on Britain, which then ruled Ireland as well as parts of Canada. (credit for Joseph Légaré painting, now in the National Gallery of Canada, captioned: "Black smoke hangs over Québec in 1832 as terrified citizens burn smudge pots to combat cholera.")

(Prior June 7 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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