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One Way to Maintain Order After a Sudden Catastrophe

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When a 1755 earthquake damages two of Lisbon's prisons, criminals stream out onto the streets and begin forming gangs and looting. To contain the mayhem, the Marquis of Pombal enforces drastic punitive measures.

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A catastrophe of biblical proportions walloped Lisbon, Portugal on November 1, 1755. A combination of earthquake, tsunami, and firestorm devastated the devoutly religious city on All Saint's Day, turning churches into deathtraps and transforming the streets of the capital into a hellish landscape. Experience the catastrophe firsthand as we recreate the disaster through the eyes of one of its survivors and reveal how this event brought an empire to its knees and shook its belief in God.

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