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History Fact #5
A gruesome detail of 18th century Atlantic’s crossings was that if a woman should die in childbirth, the dead mother and the living baby were both thrown into the sea together. Hard to believe, but it was considered merciful to the infant.
Children from one to seven years rarely survived the ocean voyage. A vivid account of ship mortality is given by the German craftsman Gottlieb Mittelberger who arrived on a seriously overcrowded vessel carrying 486 passengers in 1750. He witnessed the death of thirty-two children on that voyage.
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Source: Unser Leit, The Story of the Amish