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Title: Slide A: The Black Death


1
Slide A The Black Death
  • What was the Black Death?
  • A deadly plague that spread across Europe from
    1346-1352.
  • Caused by bacteria and spread by black rats and
    fleas.
  • 3 forms
  • Pneumonic - lungs death in a matter of days
  • Septicemic - attacked the bloodstream
  • Bubonic - bubbles on the body

2
Why couldnt people stop the Black Death?
  • People were ignorant about its cause they blamed
    the stars, God, and the Jews.
  • They tried ineffective cures such as pomanders,
    flagellation, and repentance of sins.

3
How did the Black Death change life in Europe?
  • Killed one-third of the population.
  • Forced farmers to diversify their crops.
  • Reduced the power of the feudal lords.
  • People move to cities to earn better wages.
  • Peasants demanded more freedom.

4
How did the Black Death spread throughout Europe?
  • Originated in Mongolia and spread to the Black
    Sea along the Silk Road.
  • Bacteria carried from fleas who lived on black
    rats.
  • Italian merchant ships brought rats to Europe
    along with trade goods.
  • First appears in Sicily then spreads.
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