South Park Street Cemetery, Calcutta, India

It’s monsoon season again, in Calcutta, the latter part of the eighteenth century. Life is anything but easy. The River Hooghly is past flood stage and water is standing everywhere, a repository for human waste, animal carcases, and anything else that is not securely anchored. Malaria, chorea, and dysentery are rampant. Life expectancy is barely thirty years and infant mortality is unspeakable. Thus, the South Park Street Cemetery, which opened in 1767,  became the final resting place for many of the men and women of the British East India Company and the early days of the British Raj

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