The Black Death And Its Effects On Western Europe

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The Black death was a tragic epidemic that affected much of Europe and Asia in the 14th century. Ships that were infested with rats and fleas would travel all over different countries for trade. The rodents would carry a certain bacteria called “Yersinia Pestis”. Fleas bit rats and then carried the bacteria in their system. They would then feed on humans and that was how the Black Death was created and spread. People that got bitten had a variety of lethal symptoms such as fever, weakness, abdominal pain, chills, shock, and eventually death. It was named the Black Death due to the fact that bleeding of tissues caused people to have dark patches all over their skin. Many people believed this was God’s way of punishing them for committing sins. 75-200 million people died because of this disease. This plague triggered a big cultural revolution and rebirth all over Western Europe during the mid 1400s to the late 1600s. This rebirth of Greek and Roman culture is known as the Renaissance. Many cultural aspects of Ancient Rome and Greek city-states such as the art, architecture, philosophy, literature, science, and political ideas were re-established to the Europeans by Byzantine and Islamic scholars. Money to pay for this came from Italian city-states that controlled trade in the Mediterranean and England, Spain, France, and Portuguese American colonies. This motivated people to do things they found interest in, learn from others, find the truth, and to criticize…

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