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Since the beginning of the human races existence there have been many devastating events but none even compare to the black plague The black plague was an extreme detriment to Europes thriving population during the 1300s It caused stress diminished religious toleration for Jews pulled families apart from each other and worst of all tore citizens apart from the real meaning of Christianity The destruction of Europe during and after the plague is to this day beyond compare The black plague was the single most malignant natural calamity in European history Many people think that the plague was exclusive to Europe only but thats not the case The black plague originated in central Asia in the Gobi desert during the 1320s It quickly moved southward and eastward into china proving to be a devastating blow to the already weakened nation Combined with all of the other natural disasters at the time the plague tore chinas population to pieces From 1331 to 1353 the plague had totalled off two-thirds of Chinas population Then the plague started moving westward infecting India Persia and Egypt on its way to Europe In October of 1347 at the port of Messina in Sicily Italy a fleet of twelve Genoese from Genoa Italy merchant ships arrived in the port On one of the ships the whole crew of seventeen was found dead in the ship by harbourmasters They tried to turn the ships back but the ships had been docked long enough for foreign pests to settle ashore The foreign pests were in fact black Asian rats carrying fleas Now this incident wouldnt normally be too unusual and serious of an occurrence but the fleas were infected with a bacteria and by feeding on the rats as their hosts they became infected also The reason that this was happening was because the bacteria Yersinia Pestis which usually dwells safely in the stomach of the fleas was reproducing at a peculiar
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