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How Amsterdam Recovered From a Deadly Outbreak — in 1665

Following an epidemic of bubonic plague that wiped out 10% of the population, Amsterdam’s economy quickly rebounded, a new study shows.

(This is the first of three stories that look at how cities and their economies recovered from historic epidemics.)

For two years in the mid-1600s, Amsterdam experienced a shock that may now seem familiar.