The speed at which the plague came about was a major factor in its lethality. The plague is believed to have originated in central Asia in the 1330's (Edmonds). European traders were the first to hear about the plague because they traveled to the east on trade routes. By the time they realized the extent of this brutal disease, it was too late. They had no idea what they were up against. The plague moved along trade routes and on merchant ships. The sailors on these ships would, not knowing what was afflicting them, stop at ports to trade. Citizens of the cities would catch the disease, and desperately drive away the ships, but it didn't matter. Once a few people contracted the disease, it spread like wildfire. In 1347, a town called Kaffa was attacked by the Tartar army (Edmonds). The Tartars, however, contracted the plague and began to die out. The people of the city had no idea what was destroying their enemies, but it didn't ...
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...ything about the plague was bad. If it hadn't have happened, we might still be just as filthy and medically uneducated as we were, and the tyrannical monarchies of Europe could still be in power. In the end mankind adapted to survive, just like we have since the beginning of time.
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