What Are The Benefits Of The Columbian Exchange

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The Columbian Exchange happened in 1492 after Christopher Columbus sailed to the New Land. As defined by our web text the exact definition of The Columbian Exchange is defined as “the biological, exchange between the America’s and the rest of the world.” (Hewitt & Lawson, 2014). The term was first used in 1972, by Alfred W. Crosby who was an American historian who wrote a book called “The Columbian Exchange”. This exchange affected Africa, Europe, and Asia. Many things come to my mind such as the cruelty that was forced upon the native inhabitants of the world that Columbus claimed for Spain without giving the natives a chance to sustain their land and they were seen as inferior to Columbus and his crew. Although there were a lot of horrific uneven exchanges between the Native American’s and Columbus we also had some positive outcomes such as gaining the crops such as beans, cacao, corn, pineapples, potatoes, pumpkins, squash and of course turkeys (gobble, gobble!!)…show more content…
The trading of animals provided Native American’s with a new way to farm and hunt and because most of the land was made up of grass the animals that were herbivores who ate the grass and produced milk and meat and nourishment. There was an uneven exchange of diseases passed from The Old America’s to the New Land such as influenza, small pox, measles, and malaria. The Native Americans suffered greatly without having immunity to the diseases that the traveler’s brought. Our web text quoted it as “worse than the bubonic plague” (Hewitt & Lawson,

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