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Plague A word that has struck fear in the hearts of man since the earliest of times It has also lead to some of the greatest historical events and stories of our time The ancient cities of Rome and Athens in their downfall were finished off by pestilence The Bubonic Plague also known as The Black Death devastated Europe in the 14th century starting a new age The great warrior Ivan the Terrible was stricken with disease and driven mad During the exploration of the new world Cortess greatest ally against the Aztecs was smallpox Napoleons Grand Army was defeated by the Russians and typhus Queen Victoria spread hemophilia to her heirs leading to the illness of the only son of Czar Nicholas and the fall of monarchy in Russia1 All the events are horrible in every way but have struck a chord with people around the world Perhaps it is our inherent morbid curiosity So the question is if these events happened once why cant they happen again Let us take a look at the most horrible so far of the plagues The Black Death It took Europe by storm from approximately 1345 to 1361 It would also make small comebacks throughout the next 400 years but never like it did the first time It also reached into Africa China Russia and the Scandinavian countries It was truly a worldwide pandemic But it has a secondary effect that not many people are aware of The colonies of Greenland settled by the Vikings were stricken by the plague and they soon disappeared It is known that these colonies kept in contact with Vinland which was near New Foundland in Canada The Vikings had already discovered North America But alas with these colonies all dead Greenland was forgotten and not discovered again until 15852 It is estimated that the plague took 24 million lives about a quarter of the European population This may
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