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S: Renaissance Europe: Black Death

FC: The Black Death | By: Hayley Weigum 800

1: The Black Plague Affecting the Renaissance | The black plague affected the renaissance extremely. When the black plague first hit Europe, about fifty-percent of it's population had been wiped out completely. Millions of people died, and Europe had no way to stop it. It took Europe about one-hundred and fifty years to recover its total population that had been lost. Therefore, this lead to famine outbreaks across Europe. People starved to death in their homes or on the streets. Villages were almost abandoned completely, and almost every person had no family or friends left alive. No one, no matter what social or political status they had, was safe from the black death.

2: Cholera and the black plague are indeed not related in any way. Cholera is th infection of the small intestine. It is caused from the bacteria called Vibrio Cholerae, and it releases a toxin that causes an increased release of water in the intestine, and it creates severe diarrhea. You pick it up from eating the food or water that is contaminated with the diarrhea of someone who is infected. Some of the symptoms include dry mouth, dry skin, glassy or sunken eyes, puking, and rapid heart rate. It mostly occurs because of poor sanitation, crowding, war, and famine. The black plague is a bubonic plague, which is the infection of the lymph nodes (a small ball shaped organ of the immune system, which are all around the body). It is caused from bacteria called Yersina Pestis, which infect the fleas of rats. The fleas then jump on humans and bite them, creating huge smooth, painful lumps called Bubos. They are commonly found on the groin, but it can be found on arm pits or the neck. The only thing that the black plague and cholera have in common is how the disease spreads quicker, due to lack of sanitation. Other than the spread of the diseases, cholera and the black plaque are not related. | Cholera Relating to the Black Plague

3: The Importance of the Black Plague | The black plague was a very important event in the renaissance era. When the black plague hit, it killed millions of people. Europe's total population had decreased about 60%, and in cities, about 90% of people died. It affected the people on the country side, who had to urbanize themselves and move to cities. Art, science, literature, and mathematics were forgotten for centuries because people had to fight to stay alive from the plague or from famine. It became less and less important every time the plague hit. Bodies and bodies of people were left to rot and decay on the streets, and did not have proper burials, since there wasn't enough of the living to bury all of them. The black plague hit Europe about six times between 1347 and 1410, and the total amount of outbreaks lasted until the 1700's The black plague played a huge role of importance.

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