Strange Consequences That Prove How Bad the Black Death Really Was

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In October of 1347, a fleet of trade ships descended on Sicily, Italy. They came bearing many coveted goods, but they also brought rats, fleas and humans who were unknowingly infected with the extremely contagious and deadly bubonic plague.

The disease that eventually became known as the Black Death — victims’ flesh and skin died and turned black — spread like wildfire across Europe, eventually claiming the lives of a third of the population in just a few short years. This tragedy had a huge impact on life then and now. Take a look at some of the strange consequences that prove how bad the Black Death really was.