Numerous epidemics followed the aftermath of the war, and cholera (“the blue death”) was the most feared.
Throughout almost the entire 18th century, this disease threatened our part of the country, which was a direct consequence of the war and its movements of troops and the number of refugees.
The hazards of cholera remained in the area until the mid-1850s and it became clear that the risk of infection was primarily from the ships that docked in the harbour. The sole action that could be taken was a ban on docking and unloading, but there were no resources to ensure compliance. Thus, cholera repeatedly struck the population.
The last cholera epidemic occurred in the summers of 1865 and 1866.
The cholera cemetery is located on the north of Holmen island.