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Portugal, Lissabon 1 november 2006
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Portugal’s capital and largest city, Lisbon, is Europe’s westernmost capital. Located as it is on the Tagus River, near the river’s entrance into the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal was a major European trading city in the 14th-16th centuries and continues to be a central trade and tourist port. On this date in 1755, Lisbon was hit with one of the most severe earthquakes in recorded history. Tens of thousands were killed and much of the city was leveled by the quake and the resulting fires and tsunami.

Quote: "After the earthquake, which had destroyed three-quarters of Lisbon, the country’s wise men had found no more efficacious means of preventing total ruin than to give the people a fine auto-da-fé." x97 Candide, by Voltaire

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