China was famous for its beautiful silk fabrics and did a brisk trade with merchants from India and Europe. Traders went to China either by land on what was known as the “Silk Road” or by sea on ships. Historical reports tell of Chinese trade ships traveling to Sicily in October of 1347. When the ships docked in the Sicilian harbor, only a few of the sailors were alive. The outbreak of plague lasted for nearly 4 years, moving from China, India, and Europe on to the British Isles. It is estimated that it killed 25 million people in Europe and more than 75 million people worldwide. It took more than 150 years for the world population to recover from the Black Death. In the morning, teams of people came and collected the bodies on a cart and took them to a huge hole where they were buried in mass graves.