Essay on Modern Society : The Columbian Exchange

1031 Words Sep 19th, 2016 5 Pages
Modern society depicts the diversity of cultures that were influenced by the Columbian Exchange. Would the world be the same way if it had never occurred? In 1492, Christopher Columbus, Spanish explorer send by Queen Isabella to open new trade routes into Asia, accidentally took a wrong route and ended up in an unknown world occupied by Native Americans. Because of this marvelous encounter, he was able to spark one of the most revolutionary event that changed and continue to currently change the world. The Columbian Exchange, just like its name, is the exchange of merchandises/ goods between the New World and Europe which started by Columbus. His intent was to extract as much of the wealth he encountered as personal profit and also benefit the Spanish monarchy. He executed such actions with ease, leaving the lands and their Native habitants in a detrimental state. His actions will create a ripple effect resulting in many more explorers identical to him to do the same. The exchange begins under Columbus but didn’t reach its highest peak until the African slave trade. The Columbian Exchange carved the path for why the world functions in today’s age. The Columbian Exchange allowed two different worlds separated by the Atlantic Ocean to interact with one another and trade products. In a historical standpoint, the event resembles every other trade encounters that ever occurred since the paleontological days. The reason why it holds so much importance, was how effective…

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