The Path of the Black Death in Europe
Mapping the Black Death
The Black Death was first reported in Messina, Italy, on the island of Sicily, in October, 1347, and thenmoves through Europe. Below are the likely dates of the arrival of the Black Death in a variety of cities: 1) Messina, Italy October, 134712) Genoa, Italy January, 13483) Pisa, Italy February, 134823) Marseilles, France February, 134834) Rome, Italy March, 134844)Avignon, France March, 134855)Valencia, Spain May, 134866) Paris, France June, 134877) London, England June, 134987) Liege, Belgium June, 13498) Hamburg, Germany, June 1350Your task is to trace the path of the Black Death through Europe by locating these cities and lookingfor patterns. Using the map on the back, place the numbers—some duplicated—on the map.The duplicate numbers indicate that the plague arrived in two cities at about the same time. Do younotice any patterns?1Now Complete the chart below:
October, 1347MessinaxxxxxxxxxxxJanuary, 1348GenoaxxxxxxxxxxxFebruary,1348 PisaMarseillesMarch, 1348RomeAvignonMay, 1348ValenciaxxxxxxxxxxxJune, 1348ParisxxxxxxxxxxxJune, 1349LondonLiegeJune 1350 Hamburgxxxxxxxxxxx
1. Did the plague seem to travel more quickly along the shipping routes or overland?2. Why did the plague take so long to reach London, when it had arrived in nearby Paris a year earlier?