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Long Winter

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The Long Winter of 1783-1784, "unlike any even the oldest men could remember" according to Benjamin Franklin, stretched across both America and Europe. 83.5 inches of snow fell in New Jersey over three months, and ice flows reached down the Mississippi to New Orleans. The snow accumulation cut off travel throughout America, delaying the ratification of the Treaty of Paris.

Benjamin Franklin attributed it to the eruption of the volcano Laki in Iceland. Modern scientists accept this link, crediting Franklin with the first linkage of volcanoes and global climate.

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