DBQ: The Black Death

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The Black Death started during the Middle Ages in the 14th Century and killed about 150 million people in Central Asia. The epidemic originated from fleas and rats. The symptoms started out as egg shaped swellings in groin and armpit and ended up as dark blotches and swellings on the body.

The people believed that the plague came from dead bodies and the victim’s clothing. According to the rulers of Pistoia, any old imported cloth was to be burned and corpses were not permitted to enter within the city (Doc 2). Given that they were the leaders of that city, they might have been influenced through recent experiences. Also, according to Visconti, people who recently encountered a dead body must stay isolated for 10 days (Doc 3). Given that

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