This week in 1800, the newspaper reported that Newburyport selectmen, for the safety of town inhabitants, voted to quarantine all vessels arriving from Jamaica or any West Indian port where the “plague, pestilential, or malignant fever, or other contagious sickness prevails.” Ships, passengers and crew were ordered to stay below the "salt works" until further notice.

  — The Museum of Old Newbury

 

 

 

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