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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson A: Costs and Benefits of Trade

Activity 4: Disease and Plague - The High Cost of Trade

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Black Death Illustration [1]

One of the most negative costs of trade was the increasing spread of disease. Humans and animals traveling along trade routes transferred deadly diseases such as the bubonic plague. These deadly plagues impacted civilizations throughout the Common Era. "The Black Death" was the name given to a mid-14th century outbreak of the plague that resulted in widespread death. The Black Death was carried along trade routes in Asia and the Middle East, finally arriving in Europe.

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Historical Investigation — Black Death


Directions: For this activity, you will open the student resource titled "Historical Investigation: Black Death." Use the documents to investigate the impact of the Black Death on European populations.

  1. Download Student Resource: Historical Investigation - Black Death (doc).
  2. Select the link to review the how to complete a Historical Investigation.
  3. Submit your answers to the completed historical investigation to your teacher as instructed.


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[1] Source: This image from http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Black_Death.jpg is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.