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The Bubonic Plague or Black Death had many negative as well as positive effects on medieval Europe While being one of the worst and deadliest diseases in the history of the worldit indirectly helped Europe break grounds for some of the basic necessities forlife today The Black Death erupted in the Gobi Desert in the late 1320s but one really knows why The plague bacillus was alive and active long before that as Europe itself had suffered an epidemic in the 6th century But the disease had lain relatively dormant in the succeeding centuries It is believed that the climate of Earth began to cool in the 14th century and perhaps this so-called little Ice Age had something to do with it becoming more active than normal Knox 2 Whatever the reason we know that the outbreak began there and spread outward While it did go west it spread in every direction and the Asian nations suffered as cruelly as anywhere In China for example the population dropped from around 125 million to 90 million over the course of the 14 century The plague moved along the caravan routes toward the West By 1345 it had made its way to the lower Volga River By early 1347 it was in Constantinople It hit Alexandria in the autumn of that year and by spring 1348 a thousand people a day were dying there In Cairo Egypt the count was seven times that The disease traveled by ship as readily as by land and it was no sooner in the eastern Mediterranean than it was in the western end as well Already in 1347 the plague had hit Sicily By winter the plague had reached mainland Italy By January of 1348 the plague was in Marseilles and it reached Paris in the spring of 1348 By September of 1348 the Bubonic Plague had worked its way into England Bubonic plague was caused by the bacteria Yersinia
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