Did you know May 08, 1902 was an extremely lucky day for one Louis Auguste Cyparis in Martinique?
Cyparis was scheduled to be hanged and had received word of a reprieve the day before, but was still in the condemned cell on May 08, 1902: a fact which saved his life once more when the volcano of Montagne Pelé erupted. He was one of only two survivors out of some 30,000 people in the town of St. Pierre because the condemned cell was solidly constructed and the small single window faced away from the volcanic blast.
Did you know that cholera swept through the Caribbean in the 1840s and 1850s killing thousands of people? In 1854 it killed some20,000 people in Barbados alone.
Did you know Kingston, Jamaica was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1907? The damage was increased by a fire which broke out immediately after the earthquake.
Source: The Ultimate Caribbean Quiz Book by John Gilmore – 2003
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This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected]