Heather Whipps supports this idea in her article, How the Black Death Changed the World, by stating, “The Black Death-as it is commonly called-especially ravaged Europe, which was halfway through a century already marked by war, famine and scandal in the church…” (Whipps 1-2). The war had already weakened Europe financially, causing them to have a lack of resources. Due to these factors, people started moving from the countryside to city-side to better get those resources. Since cities were so condensed, it was easier for germs to spread, especially an airborne disease like the plague. Whipps continues, “Densely populated Europe, which had seen a recent growth in the population of its cities, was a tinderbox for the disease” (2).
If untreated, people still can die from the plague, which in the United States occurs in the wild(“Plague Occurs”). The last urban outbreak of the plague in the United States occurred in Los Angeles in 1924 to 1925(“Plague Occurs”). Europe’s population went down quick because of the plague and it impacted tons of people(Dobson 11). 60 percent of Europe’s entire population , 50 million were killed(Benedictow). The plague impacted parts of Asia today and people are being killed by the disease.
In summary the middle ages were not a good period rather they were a time of darkness. To start, the Middle ages were a time of disease. The black plague swept through Europe during the middle ages. The black plague was spread by bites of infected rats and fleas, it was also transmitted pneumatically through the air (Black Death Presentation). It was devastating, the plague wiped out 20,000,000 people, that was nearly ⅓ of Europe’s population (Black Death Presentation).
Since ancient times, Smallpox has devastated the world, killing millions of people. Often referred to as the speckled monster, the smallpox disease originated in the new world when Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors and early English settlers arrived in the Americas. Although there had been attempts to cure the disease, including variation, (that came from Asia 2,000 years ago), they all had a high risk of death. It wasn’t until 1796, when Edward Jenner, a English paleontologist came up with a new form of vaccine, it was called inoculation. The disease decimated the local population and was one of the main reasons for the fall of the Aztec and Inca empires.
The black plague was one of the most depressing points in history. It occurred during the mid-fourteenth century and wiped out much of the muslim and christian society. During the time of the black plague, Europe and the Middle East were faced with different responses to the pre-plague, during the plague and after the plague. The bubonic plague had an impact on many religions and even for those who did not believe. These doubters had come up with various reasons why that were not religious.
The final major outbreak of the Plague was known as The Great Plague of London which occurred in the 1600’s. The first outbreak called the Justinian Plague ripped through the Middle East and Asia killing tens of millions of people. This outbreak changed society at the time and the rebuilding
European explorer Christopher Columbus is thought to be the one to bring this sickness to the Americas. During that time, measles were spread by explorer-to-native contact, animals, and filthy living conditions. Like today, there was no cure. Much of the Native American population drastically decreased amid the Age of Exploration. Based on the presented evidence, it can be concluded that measles were the most significant element of the Columbian
The Black Death arrived in Europe by sea in October 1347 when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea. Most people who boarded the boats were either dead or severely ill. Over the next five years the plague continued to kill more than twenty million people in Europe. This was one third of the continent populations Scientists know the Black Death also known as the plaque is spread by bacillus called Yersinia Pestis. They know that the virus travel person to person, pneumatically or through the air. No one really understood why it was so communicable, no rational explanation for this contagious disease.
The Ghost Map written by Steven Johnson is a historical account of the infectious outbreak of Cholera in Soho, London. The outbreak could be found primarily in the Golden Square; which could be considered one of the poorest and overpacked areas of London during the 1850’s. The story takes place in late August of 1854 as many fell ill and soon after passing away. The symptoms were horrible and the disease killed and spread quickly. Cholera was not uncommon during this time, Londoners were aware of the disease spreading around the country in years past.
The arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492, started what may be described as a wave of infectious disease and death. With the discovery of the New World came a flood of colonist and conquistadors. As the Europeans explored and discovered foreign unknown lands, the natives had to deal with a foreign matter of their own. “Europeans and the African Slaves they brought inadvertently carried bacteria and viruses across the Atlantic that Native Americans had never encountered.”(Campbell, 2008, p.3). This wave of migration for the Eastern Hemisphere to the Americas changed the way disease affected the lives of thousands of natives.