'Pastoret' Statue ┐ Son Servera Epidemic


Tradition says that in May 1820, a boat from Tangier moored in our coast to bury in the sand, covered with a cape, one crew member who had died under suspicious circumstances. The curse was when shortly after a peasant, strolling through the area, watched the cape and put it on. He died the next day, and soon they were already 50 people died.

Instead, other sources indicate other causes of the origin of the epidemic. Although maintaining that a boat came to the bay, explained that in the town of Son Servera, a neighbour died in unclear circumstances clinically and subsequently, died her husband and a neighbour of these. It is believed that two man had collaborated in the work of unloading the boat, who had come ashore to bring wheat, since there was a shortage because of a drought in the area. Then, the disease was spread.

Either way, the rapid spread of the epidemic, forced the town doctor to recognize the disease and decided to isolate the sick.

Early June, the Superior Board of Health, forced to establish a military cordon in Son Servera, strictly forbidding piercing on it.

The town entered in a desolate environment, because nobody dared to take to the streets.

It was devastating. The village had 1808 inhabitants and 1040 died; The 768 persons to whom we must thank, through this honest memory, made the effort to rebuild our people socially.

It lasted about three months of agony and misery of the Serverin, until little by little, in late August, it seemed that everything was controlled, in fact there were no more deaths, although caution remained the cordon a long time.

On June 5 1820, the Mayor, the aldermen and the vicar, decided to mark as official holiday day, the 1st day of February, date of the cordon's liftening.

The sculpture, a work by Eduardo Servera, boated at the Plaša de s'Abeurador, make us feel conflicting emotions: on one hand the joy of seeing people now redone, and its neighbours are proud of who and probe are; and on the other hand the excitement of remembering our ancestors that with such bad luck suffered the devastating disease.



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