The Black Of Black Death

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In European history few events seem as cataclysmic as the Black Death. The
Black Death was actually one of the most deadly pandemics in human history. This awful pandemics most devastating time in Europe was between 1348 and 1350.
According to some estimates it wiped out at least two-thirds of Europe’s population. A
Malmesbury monk from Wiltshire wrote that, “Over England as a whole a fifth og men, women and children were carried to the grave.” (James “Black Death: The lasting impact”) Many epidemiologists still don’t know the exact virus or bacterium that caused the Black Death. Some believe it was the bacterium Yersinia pestis because it is supported by recent forensic research.
The Black Death was thought to have originated in or near China and made its way to Crimea by 1346 through the Silk Road. Then it was carried by fleas on rodents that harbored on merchant ships to the Mediterranean and Europe. It is believed that the diseases travelled along the Silk Road with the Mongol armies from China. To be precise
Crimea was actually infected directly by the Mongol army. The Mongol army had been trying to siege the city of Caffa in Crimea. After a protracted effort the Mongol’s decided to catapult infected corpses into the walls of the city. Then some traders from Caffa fled taking the plague with them to Sicily and the south or Europe where there was no stopping it from spreading everywhere. It went from Sicily to Venice to Pisa, then finally entering into northwest Europe.…

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