Bubonic Plague And The Plague Essay

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Many believe the Bubonic plague first began at sea around October 1837 in Europe. They believe it came to land when ships coming through the black sea ported at the Sicilian port of Messina and the sailors that survived thereof successfully passed it on to the unsuspecting victims of Europe. However, the first sightings of the bubonic plague sprouted up around the 6th century. The emperor at the time (Justinian 1) named it the Justinian plague beginning in 541 AD, it then lived up to its name and killed up to 25 million people at the time (Rosen 2007). It then moved on to china in 1334 where it achieved the name “The Black Plague” or “Great Plague” where it found its way along trading routes and settled in Constantinople and Europe. When in these cities the plague’s death toll increased significantly, it would claim whole towns to where there weren’t enough survivors to bury the dead or there weren’t any survivors at all. In total the Great plague claimed about 60-65% of Europe’s population in the 14th century. It was said that the Great plague contributed toward Europe entering its Renaissance phase. The final outbreak prior to recent years was in china in the 1860’s and by 1894 it had successfully spread all the way to Hong Kong. For the next 20 years it would continue to spread from city to city through infected rats. It wasn’t until then when scientists discover that a bacterium caused by flea bites were the cause of all the deaths over the years.

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