This Guy Decided To Go Out For A Drink. When He Got Back, Everyone in His Town Was Already Dead!


Ludger Sylbaris was an Afro-Caribbean man who was born in the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1875. He became popular after being the sole survivor of the Mt. Pelée volcanic eruption in 1902. He gained fame through his time travelling with the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He first worked as a laborer in the town of Saint-Pierre before the momentous volcanic eruption. He was notorious in his town for being a troublemaker and he even got convicted multiple times because of his unruly behavior. 

This Guy Decided To Go Out For A Drink. When He Got Back, Everyone in His Town Was Already Dead!

Sylbaris started a riot in town after he went out to drink on the night of May 7, 1902. Due to the trouble he caused, the authorities decided to teach him a lesson by detaining him in a cell located underground. The only source of light was a small slit in the door as the cell had no windows at all.

This Guy Decided To Go Out For A Drink. When He Got Back, Everyone in His Town Was Already Dead!

The following day, doomsday for the residents of Saint Pierre came in the form of a volcanic eruption. Mount Pelée, located in the northern end of Martinique, erupted causing a recorded 40,000 fatalities. 

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