Merchants Traded Diseases Inadvertently D.18.12.30

29 Dec

In 1347, Italian merchants inadvertently spread the deadly plague disease into the Mediterranean basin.
Within one year, the disease spread through much of Western Europe. So as to avoid further dangers, merchants and sailors avoided overland routes, and began searching for seafaring routes to the Far East.
Changes in routes in order to avoid the plague resulted in new ports having more control in trade.
Cairo, Egypt served as a major trading port. As the focus switched to trade in the Middle East, Muslim merchants began to dominate.
The Silk Road diminished as an important trade route for European merchants as they searched for more direct sea routes to obtain their goods.
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