Famine due to frost

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1697

Even though in 1696, trees began to bloom in the beginning of February, heavy cold struck Estonia in the beginning of March, and brought along a lot of snow. There was no spring, summer was late about 2 months and the crops was non-existent. This lead to a great famine.

The weather did not show mercy on Estonians. "Anno 1697 came with bitter cold, lasting until the end of the winter. It deepened the misery and hardship the great famine was causing every single day," Christian Kelch wrote once.

During that winter, people died like flies and no-one buried them. "Because the survivors, weary and weak, could not dig graves and bury the dead due to cold winter and thick snow. Thus, not only all the church yards, but also all the villages, roads, fields and forests were full of dead people all winter long. They were brought together in the spring and buried in single graves, 30, 40 or 50 people at a time."

Source: Pekka Erelt http://paber.ekspress.ee   (foto) http://www.kentdesign1.com


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