The Black Death: The Plague, 1331-1770


Map depicting the spread of plague throughout Europe in subsequent waves. The map shows that, in 1347, plague was present in Asia Minor, Sicily, Corsica, Sardinia, and Marseille. The plague spread throughout Europe in ever-expanding concentric cirles each year through 1351. The map also shows there were only minor outbreaks in the areas surrounding Milan, Warsaw, Magdeburg, Bruges, and the Pyreenees.

The Spread of the Bubonic Plague in Europe

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Banner Image: Pieter Bruegel, The Triumph of Death (detail), c. 1562, oil on panel, 117 x 162 cm, Museo del Prado, Madrid


Acknowledgements to Alice M. Phillips for her work editing the original exhibit material and subsequent web design.