The Black Death Essay

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The nursery rhyme “ Ring Around The Rosy” is more than a popular song little children sing while holding hands, walking around in a circle and then falling down. The nursery rhyme refers to the Black Death, one of the worst plagues of all time (Schladweller). Known as infectious diseases that spread quickly and kill countless people, plagues have had a tremendous affect on people around the world since the beginning of time. The Black Death, also known as the bubonic plague, is a contagious bacterial infection that has killed millions of people. With the bubonic plague brutally killing one fourth of Europe in the 14th century and devastating China in the 18th century (Link), it is noted in history books as the worst plague of all times.…show more content…
There are many theories on how the plague found its way to Europe. A journalist from National Geographic, Cameron Walker said, “The bacterium that causes bubonic plague, Yersinia pestis, lives inside the gut of its main carrier, the flea. The plague likely spread to Europe on the backs of shipboard black rats that carried plague-infested fleas.” Europe’s widespread trade system was the main cause of the plague spreading to England, Italy, France, and other neighboring countries (Richard). This bacterium caused infection not only in rodents, but also in humans and insects. The flea attached itself to a host and infected them with the disease by producing blockages in the stomach, making it that no blood can pass through (Sutyak). The infection is highly contagious. Something as simple as a cough could cause the bacteria to go air borne and kill numerous people in a matter of days. The Black Death started to quickly spread, resulting in countries being blindsided and having the disease kill a vast sum of their population. The case of the bubonic plague was the only disease to affect Western Europe on a worldwide scale (Damen). Before the bubonic plague swept over Europe, they were in the midst of a war, and famine leaving them quite vulnerable for an attack (Richard and Whipps). Although Europe was overpopulated, they had a very fertile climate, which made it easier to grow their crops and have more food for the excess people. Soon

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