the Great plague of europe Essay

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The Black Plague was a horrific point in the world’s history, but was it all just death and horror? The Plague was not only a terrible pandemic but a transition between the middle ages and the renaissance. It had changed not only the lives of the people in the time period of when the pandemic had started, but it had also changed the lives of many people today and the ways people live. The Plague had spread exceedingly fast throughout Europe and Asia. It also had enormous effects on the Economy, Culture and Religion.It caused widespread persecutions of minorities like Jews and lepers, and created a general morbid mood, which influenced people to live for the moment, unsure of their daily survival. Many people think that because a majority …show more content…
Brining us to the question of how the rats had even gotten to Europe in the first place. The infected rats had gotten onto merchant ships from Asia and had been shipped to Europe. Many sailors of the time wouldn’t have been concerned of a harmless rat on their ship, seeing a rat on a merchant ship wasn’t a rare occurrence due to the food they had on the ships, making great conditions of living for such a rodent. The merchants were totally oblivious to the fact that they were trading not only goods but terrible a bacteria. Records show that the first outbreak of the disease had arrived to Europe by sea in October on the year of 1347 when 12 trading ships had docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey across the Black Sea (“Black Death”). Though ships seemed to be a big reason for the spread of the plague it wasn’t the only thing responsible for the spread. Records show that the plague may have also come to Europe along the Silk Road. The Silk Road had been a major way of transporting goods from Asia to Europe and back during the time of the outbreak so it is very possible that the Silk Road had also brought the plague to Europe. Soon after it had arrived, the Plague had crashed through Europe like a title wave killing over one third of Europe’s population (Dennis Cummings, 2010). This massive loss in population had left the whole continent’s economy trembling. Before the mass loss of

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