Launchpad: Black Death

Activity 3—The Effects of the Black Death

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Group 1

Historians generally agree bubonic plague was the cause of the disease we call the Black Death. Only in the mid-19th Century did scientists begin to have an understanding of the mechanism for the transmission of such diseases. But you may be surprised to find out that people in the Middle Ages understood that good sanitation and similar precautions could help slow the progress of the plague.

Saint Joan of Arc is born

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First Spanish settlement in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus

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Constantinople falls to Ottomans

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Pope Urban II proclaims First Crusade at Council of Clermont

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Mali becomes an autonomous state within French Community

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King Macbeth of Scotland is slain by the son of King Duncan

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Hundred Years' War ends

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Battle of Agincourt

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Last day of Joan of Arc's examination at her trial

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