The Black Death

The Black Death came to Europe by sea in 1347 when trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long trip through the Black Sea. It spread internationally due to the fact that ships filled with the disease would dock at trade routes in other countries, spreading it to people who didn't even know it was coming.

Eventually word got around about the spread of the Black Death and everyone tried to avoid it in any way possible. Store owners closed their shops, doctors refused to see patients, many people fled the city and went to the countryside in hopes of avoiding this disease. This effort did not work because the Black Death also affect animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, and sheep. One of the major consequences of the Black Death was shortage of wool from Europe because so many of the sheep died. Many people even left their loved ones in attempt to escape the upcoming epidemic.

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