Plague

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  • Plague of 1665
    • Causes
      • At the time
        • Punishment from God
        • Alignment of stars
        • Unbalanced Humours
        • 40,000 dogs and 200,000 cats killed
      • Today
        • Caused by bacteria in rats blood stream that passes to fleas
    • Effect
      • Population
        • 130,000 people died across england
      • Economy
        • Colchester saw two-thirds drop in cloth produces
        • Pubs and theatres closed
        • Goods couldn't be exported from port in London
      • Government
        • Unable to collect taxes
          • To fund Dutch war
          • Shortfall of £400,000
      • Ideas and Beliefs
        • Dissented priests returned
          • Puritan priests had ran away
    • Measures taken
      • Visitors
        • Believed to cause plague
          • Given white sticks to be avoided
      • 'Shut up'
        • Crosses on doors with 'Lord have mercy on us
        • Couldn't leave for a month after last sign of illness

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