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Town on Black Sea Where Plague Entered Europe

November 10, 2007

According to sailors’ stories reported by the notary Gabriele de’ Mussis, merchants from the Italian city of Genoa, who in 1346 had travelled to the Black Sea port of Caffa (now Feodosia) in the Crimea, came under siege from the Tartar army of a Kipchak khan called Janibeg. When plague broke out among his troops, Janibeg ordered the survivors to load their comrades’ corpses on to catapults and toss them over Caffa’s walls. As the horrific rain of cadavers fell, the plague entered Caffa. When the Genoese fled, they carried with them into Europe what came to be called the Black Death.”

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