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Lima, or Yellow Jack Flag

History

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Translation

The word is a 17th-century Venetian dialect word for the Italian words quaranta giorni which means “forty days.” This was the length of time that those aboard foreign ships were required to be isolated from others before crew and passengers could disembark, especially during the Black Death plague epidemic of the mid-14th century and subsequent flareups. The plague came to Europe from across the steppes of Asia through Constantinople (Istanbul) landing in 1348 at major Italian ports like Genoa, Naples, and Venice. Within three years it has spread to the rest of the European continent. In that short amount of time it killed at least a third of the population, not counting its prior impact on Asia.

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