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Kayli EdwardsWestern Civilizations Ch11.1The Black Death (the bubonic plague) started in Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Itoriginated in Asia and soon Mongols troops escorted by rats spread the plague in the early 1300s.How it spread to Europe was from the trading of caravans from Central Asia. It carried theplague all the way westwards in 1346 and it hit Constantinople by 1347. Soon after it arrived inthe Byzantine empire and by 1348it has spread to Egypt, Damascus, Mecca, and some parts ofthe Middle East. The cause of the spread of the plague was the fleas on that were on black rats.Those fleas carried the bacterium called Yersina pestis, while the pneumonic variety of theplague was transmitted through the air from person to person. The rats would travel with people,