The Black Death

The article 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Black Death explains the misconceptions of ten basic ideas people have of the Black Death. These misconceptions include, the Black Death wiped out almost one third of Europe’s population killing millions. Although millions died and about seventy percent of the population of certain villages died, there was a large sum of highly populated villages that did not even receive this plague. Another popular misconception is that plague is caused by rats and fleas, it was a popular thought that these rats carried disease. This all could be true but there is no substantial proof that rats or fleas were the cause of the Black Death. The Black Death posted by Marquette University, lists background information and research found on this horrid plague. The Black Death is thought to have started in Mongolia near the early fourteenth century. From Chinese trading into Europe, the plague seemed to have spread like wildfire from Sicily throughout Europe causing panic among the Italian population (Marquette University). The importance of studying the Black Death is understand how plague can spread but also that “Mortality is real” and “Humanity is fragile” (Marquette University). This is important to a modern Minnesotan because as it has been discussed and insects and rodents such as the mosquitos and rats commonly housed in Minnesota. These animals can harvest and spread disease if certain precautions aren’t taken. It also is important because it is a very good thing to be educated on outbreaks of disease such as when the Ebola outbreak happened. Minnesota is located in an upper region of the United States containing many insects that could carry possible diseases, if an outbreak were to occur, it would not only be disastrous but would spread very easily. It is a good thing to know how outbreaks to occur so we can learn from our past and be smarter in the future.


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