How Did The Black Death Occur In The 14th Century

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The 14th century in Europe was a time of great unrest. This was primarily caused by the outbreak of bubonic plague better known as the Black Death. Another cause were the peasant revolts, and the schism within the Catholic Church. The Black Death, also known as the Plague, the Bubonic Plague, or simply the Death, came to Europe during the 14th century all over Europe. The origin of the Black Death is not definitively known. One accepted answer is that a bacillus that lived in fleas’ stomachs transferred the disease. Fleas would infest rats, and the rats would transfer the disease. Rats were able to reproduce very quickly, which made it so easy for the plague to spread. Rats would tag along on ships, on which they would have bales of hay and saddlebags. These allowed them to procreate/eat.…show more content…
People living during that time period had a very low tolerance for disease due to a weakened immune system. The Black Death killed anywhere from 30%-60% of the population of Europe. In the 14th century, this translated to about 75-200 million people. Because the workforce was significantly decreased because of all the death, it gave peasants more leeway to demand higher wages. Prices for goods increased along with the wages of the people. An iconic symptom of the Black Death was the appearance of buboes. They would appear either in the neck, armpits, or the groin. Victims suffered a very high fever, and coughed up blood. Coughing up blood was particularly a bad problem because everyone around you was then susceptible to the disease. The bacteria would go airborne after coughing blood, which would then infect those around the person. Most people would die two to seven days after being infected by the

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