The recovery (18th-19th century)

In spite of the Succession war disasters, with more lootings and epidemics, some floods and bad harvests, in the 18th century began the recovery of  Montblanc thanks to the agricultural development.

During the second half of the 18th century there was a demographic increase. New people came to the town and the population increased  about 300%. Because of this in some houses third floors were risen, old houses were restored  and there were constructions next to the walls.

The economical activity increased. The outskirts were turned into an industrial  place, there was also craftsmanship, the cereals growing was substituted by the vineyard, which during the 19th century spread for all the municipality and it become a single crop farming.

The communications helped the economical development  in the 19th century, because they made the business deals easier. New roads were opened in ‘Coll de Lilla ‘(1821) and  Reus (1843) and finally in 1863 the railway arrived.

The term of Montblanc got the maximum population in 1860 with 6.628 inhabitants during the period called  the Gold Fever.

Between  1873 and 1880 the  road was constructed (the present street ‘muralla de Santa Tecla’), which substituted the main street as a transit area and provoked a new urban development. New services such as : the gas lighting, the construction of the pavements, a sewer system, public fountains a new cemetery were created.

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