The Lisbon Tsunami

Jenifer Roberts recalls the impact of a tidal wave that brought chaos and disaster to Portugal.

Allegory of the 1755 Earthquake, by João Glama StrobërleIn 1755, an earthquake approaching 9 on the Richter Scale devastated the city of Lisbon. ‘One moment’, wrote an English merchant, ‘has reduced one of the largest trading cities to ashes’.

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