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A RESEARCH PAPER No one was exempt as it swept in off the shores and into the countryside laying its burden of death and pestilence Europe had prospered readily for about 300 years prior to the beginning of the 1300s but a series of natural disasters occurred Poor harvests and famine were common and as the prosperous years came to a close economies were in recession at the onset of the Black Death Europe on a whole would take a step backward There have been plagues throughout recorded history but none were of the magnitude nor had the far reaching effects that the Black Plague had Its namesake came from symptomatic hemorrhages that turned black Though most people associate the Black Death with the middle ages forms of the Bubonic Plague have been known in China as early as 224 BC The Black Death embarked on a journey as an epidemic in the Gobi Desert in the 1320s By 1400 Chinas population of 125 million had been reduced to 90 million Southwest Asia and Europe followed suite with strikingly similar losses in their population base In 1347 the Kipchaks who were nomads from the Euro-Asian Steppe were thought to deliberately infect a European city with the disease The Kipchaks had laid siege to a Genoese trading post in Crimea Hoping to weaken the defenders they used a catapult to lob infected corpses into the compound Trading vessels from Crimea
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