Chapter 8 Section 5 Mr. Jeror
The Black Death
The Black Death was a Global Epidemic. Many people died from this Crisis. In the autumn of 1347, a fleet of Genoese trading ships loaded with grain left the Black Sea port of Caffa and set sail for Messina, Sicily. They did not know rats were aboard the ship. The rats carried diseased fleas that started infecting people do. It spread through Europe, Asia, and North Africa but had subsided. The sickness was called the Bubonic Plague. This new epidemic was rapidly spreading. It almost wiped out the entire population. It continued into the 1400's and they didn't recover for another 100 years.