A Presentation About the Black Death

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Introduction “Hello everyone. Thank you for finding the time to join me for today’s presentation. The purpose of this presentation is to inform you about the black death. There are three things I want to talk to you about. First, I want to teach what the black death actually is. Then, I’d like to have a look at the causes of its rapid spread. I would like to finish off by discussing it's consequences for Europe. I’d be happy to answer any question, you might have at the end of the presentation. WHAT IS IT PART Well the black death is one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, a plague that swept through Europe and Asia which killed millions in the 1300's. A plague is a disease that spreads extremely quickly and kills many people violently. Most scientist think that the Black Death was caused by a type of bacteria called Yersinia Pestis carried by the oriental rat flea. These fleas infested black rats and unfortunately, due to the unsanitary lifestyles of humans during the Middle Ages, these rats were literally everywhere. Once contracted by a human the disease became airborne. It would take about 3-7 days for it to kill you. Symptoms were a fever, painful swelling of the lymph glands, red spots on skin that turned black and armpits would fill with blood. AND WELL IT LOOKS LIKE THIS (LET THEM SEE THE HIDEOUS PICTURES) you can see why it's called the black death. Oh what's in a name? WHAT CAUSED ITS RAPID SPREAD Now that we have talked about what the black death actually is, let’s move on to its causes. The Black Death probably began somewhere in the Gobi Desert, a desert located in central Asia. It had been around for centuries in Asia, but in the 1300’s, the plague began to spread farther and more quickly than ever before. Historians believe that the Mongol Empire was truly responsible for the plague spreading so fast. The Mongols had

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