The Plague Known As The Black Death (VIDEO)

The Black Death | 1347 to 1351

(source: geneticliteracyproject.org)

One could call this The Plague of Justinian Part II. This variant of the bacterium that hit Constantinople was more ruthless.

The first symptoms were something called buboes, pus-filled spots on the groin, neck and armpits. Gangrene would consume the fingertips of the affected, then the nose and mouth.

Once again, the Plague rode on the backs of rats. In this case, historians blame fleas for the dirty work. Moving via the Silk Road, they made their way into Crimea and then spread west.

The Black Death killed somewhere between 75-200 million people in Europe, upwards of 605 of Europe’s population. So many people died, it took the planet 300-years to recover the population impact.

 

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