The Black Plague

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The Bubonic Plague, as it was more commonly known, first broke out in China in the early 1330's. Since China was one of the busiest of the world's trading nations, it was only a short time before the plague spread to Asia and Europe. In October of 1347, several Italian merchant sailors returned from a trip to the Black Sea, one of the links with China. When the ships docked in Sicily, many of those on board were already dying of the disease. It took only a matter of days before this silent killer had spread to the city and countryside. By the following August, the plague had made its way to England and continued to spread.