Presentation on theme: "The Black Death. 2 Decimated large populations around parts of the world between the 1330s and 1350s Today, scientists believe the plague resulted from."— Presentation transcript:
2 Decimated large populations around parts of the world between the 1330s and 1350s Today, scientists believe the plague resulted from the bacteria, Yersinia pestis, which is common in fleas and carried by rodents Once the bacteria jumped to humans, it became highly contagious Symptoms included: fever, painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes, black spots on the skin Most people who contracted the plague died within days The “Black Death” of the 14 th Century Priest Blessing Plague Victims, 1360-1375
3 The plague likely originated in China in the 1330s Traveled west along trade routes both by land and sea in the 1340s Spread of the Plague The Spread of Black Death through Afro-Eurasia
4 The plague was a pandemic. It killed between 75 and 200 million people across three different continents. This included: Nearly 50% of the population in Europe Approximately, 30% of the population in the Middle East Human Costs Excavated Mass Grave of Plague Victims Martigues, France
5 People in the 14 th century had little knowledge of how the plague originated, how it spread, or how to treat it. Across the world, people struggled to make sense of the pandemic. Understanding and Explaining the Plague Flagellants from a 15 th Century Woodcut
Central Historical Question How did people in the 14 th century understand the plague?