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The Black Death: And Its Influence On The Renaissance

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Everything always gets worse before it gets better. This is how it is in most situations such as a lovers quarrel, in which both lovers scream and yell at each other only to reach the perfect mutual agreement in the end of a very silly fight. Another good example; rain storms, where maybe it takes dangerous flooding to bring out the most beautiful spring flowers. Maybe it takes something so terrible and world shattering to bring out the best of a situation. No matter how treacherous or how awful it may be, it all depends on how you handle the situation. How you handle a disaster shows in what becomes of it. Much like the Black Death leading into the Renaissance. The tragic turn of events that took place during the Black Death gave survivors a chance to start over and when they did, the age of The Renaissance rose from the ashes.
In the 1300’s, in order to transport goods, the people used ships to travel from country to country trading products. The plague originated in Central Asia in 1338/9 after that it spread to China and India in 1346(web.cn.edu). In 1347 the Black Death contaminated the Black Sea port of Kaffa. Fun fact: There was a false legend of how the disease infected Kaffa. The legend says that the Mongolians piled up dead infected bodies into catapults and flung them over the city walls. Although flying dead bodies paints a more interesting picture in your mind, it is in fact much more credible that the disease came from bacteria harboring in the bellies of fleas. These disease-engorged fleas that lived on rats; thus infecting the rats and bringing the disease into town. Before the ships were able to sail away from the port some rats were able to board the ship. The ships and their little infected passengers then traveled to Constantinople, Italy and Marseilles all in the year 1347. Then in 1348 began the first outbreak of this horrid disease in England, but it didn't end there. The outbreaks continued on and spread to Scotland in the summer of 1349, Scandinavia in 1350, and finally Kiev, Russia in 1351.
The transmission of this disease is through the fleas. As soon as the ships docked the rats would have fled from the close quarters of the trade ships and out into the cities filled with people. The rats would either rid some of the disease bearing ticks to humans or bite the humans themselves. The ticks would bite the humans contracting the disease into the human body. As soon as a human is bitten and the bacteria builds up in the human body the disease could end up being transmitted not only physically, but possibly by the fastest and most deadly way of transmission: airborne.
The first stage of the black death disease caused people to experience high fevers, weakness, jitters, and cold sweats. Other primary sources were coughing and dry/sore throats. A very obvious sign that indicated that you have been infected by this disease were the black and blue swollen lymph nodes under your arms or near your groin. These were...

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