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Subject: Re: Help with Limburg history
Author: Lars Roobol
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Classification: Query

Dear Leslie,

Cholera was often the cause of death. There were several local, regional and national outbreaks in the first half of the 1800's.

See e.g. for a list.

But famine (hongersnood in Dutch) was also a much seen cause of death: the potato famine of 1845 is a well-known example.

Very often, one does not need an epidemic to explain a series of death. Poverty, and ill health as a result of that, was widely spread in those days.

Kind regards,

Lars Roobol