The Big One
The most devastating hurricane in recorded history struck on October 10, 1780.
Its six-day journey throughout the Lower Antilles of the Caribbean, from just north of Venezuela to today’s Dominican Republic, killed an estimated 25,000 people and recorded over 200 miles/hr. winds as a Category 5 Hurricane by today’s standards.
In the US, the deadliest Hurricane hit Galveston in 1900, killing an estimated 10,000 souls.
The death-toll is not nearly as high in more recent hurricanes, thanks to weather forecasting and better building construction techniques. As an example, the notorious Katrina reached 175 mph in 2005, flooded 80% New Orleans and killed 1800 people, many because of flooding caused by levee failures.
Johnson’s 1865 map of the West Indies, as the Caribbean was known then, is presented here.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.