The Black Death

By: Blake Finken & Juan Pablo Rodriguez

Essential Question

             How does the spread of disease affect the rise and fall of an empire?

The Black Death was a disease that spreaded throughout Europe in 1347. Is was a very delve stating disease where many people died, ranging from 75-200 million people. The first time that people had know that the plague was spreading throughout Europe was October 1347. At the time there had been a lot of trading through the Black Sea. Black Death was shown to be transferred by ships traveling on the Black Sea, past through Constantinople and through the Mediterranean Sea. Soon people who were on the ship realized that there had been so many ill and sick people dying, so these people were usually thrown away, but it was too late. The plague had already spread throughout the people on the ship and had quickly catches on to humans by little by little. Soon when the people on the ships would reach land, they would carry it on to other people. Black Death was caused by fleas which also was one of the causes from the spread. Fleas were spread to other small animals which had been throughout Medieval England, these animals would go around the village eating food or touching other people. When the Fleas would bit into the victim, it would be almost as if you were getting injected with a disease. The effect of Black Death was very severe, turning your skin black and infecting it. The Black Death killed one third of Europe's population. This had changed population, coming into Late Middle Ages it had caused great changes in the European culture and lifestyle.


This Data table shows how the amount of people getting the black Plague,as the graph  the amount of people getting it had increased over time, from having the plague people had started to die, then it began to decrease.


Plague Photo's


Critical Thinking Question.  

                               Would empires have lasted longer without the plague?

Work Sited

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