The Black Death Transdisciplinary theme: An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives Central idea: Journeys inspire changes and discoveries within local and global communities Line of inquiry: Inquiry into significant historical events Inquiry into how historical events affects the societies Inquiry into the consequences of the human decision in the history The Black Death is a famous plague that killed millions of people during the middle ages mostly at Europe in the 1347-1351. It spread over large part of the world. The Black Death spread to China, to the Middle East and to Europe. Most historians think that the plague was caused by a disease was called the bubonic plague. The disease was caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, mostly found in rat’s fleas. When the rats die the fleas moves to the nearest person. But we are not a hundred percent sure if it was the bubonic plague. The first country to suffer the Black Death was China. In China in 1333, the Black Death killed 5 million people in Hubei. The Silk Road was a trading system and helped the spreading of the black death. The traders and soldiers traveled along the Silk Road, and the rats followed them. The reason why the rats were at the Silk Road is because the merchants traded silks, tea, salt, sugar, porcelain, spices, cotton, ivory, wool, gold and silver. Salt is one of the biggest attraction for rats, that’s how rats were in the storage.
They went all the way to the Middle East. In October 1347, a group of merchant ships that carried rats, landed in Messina at Italy. Then, the Black Death spread quickly throughout Europe. In 4 years (1347 - 1351) the plague killed between one third and two third of everyone in Europe. There are reasons so many people died. War, famine, and bad weather were making life tough for people before the plague struck. The hungriness makes people more easier to have disease. Medical practices at that time wasn’t based on science. Nobody had the knowledge to know what caused the plague and how they could stop it from
spreading. One practice was called the bloodletting, where they make the person bleed a lot so the sickness will bleed out with the blood, but it didnâ€™t work and it was very dangerous.
Over time, doctors called the plague doctors went house to house and offered remedies to the people, but those doctors were fake. Even if the plague was a scary time, the Black Death helped Europe because Europe was having overpopulation and the plague solved the problem. The consequences of the Black Death are both good and bad, the bad consequence is that so many people died slow and painfully, and the good consequence is that Europe changed because of the Black Death. Sources https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/blackdeath/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1aULu6BqNs http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/silk_road.php https://www.britannica.com/event/Black-Death https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PLBmUVYYeg Credits: Dzimar Mentors