Effects of the Plague


The Bubonic Plague killed 25 million people, 1\3 of Europe's population back in the 1300s and still may cause 1-2000 deaths a year, mostly in ages 20 and older. Some of the first symptoms were vomiting, giddiness, headaches, shivering, tongue turns white, and intolerance to light. Some of the later symptoms are pains in the joints, breaking blood vessels, internal bleeding, and your skin turns black as a result of dried blood from internal bleeding. This gave the plague it's nickname "The Black Death".

Most people blamed the Jewish for the plague. Everyone thought that they were different, and did things weird, so they blamed them.

During the plague farmers left their farms because they were afraid they would get the Black Death and die. Since there wasn't very many farmers to make food, the price of food went up during the plague. Some people in urban areas died, not from the Bubonic Plague, but from starvation.

We got many things from the plague like the saying "Ring Around the Rosie". Also we partly got Halloween from the Black Death. The doctors used to have to wear special masks in order to get near the patients. The masks kind of made the person wearing it look like a human with a birds head wearing a hat. It was a long robe reaching down to the person's feet with eye holes cut out. Where the person's mouth would be, there was a long "beak". On the head there was a hat tied on. This is where we got the mask part of Halloween.

There were several smaller outbreaks of the plague, but none as big as the one in Europe that killed 25 million people.


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