The Columbian Exchange : A Period Of Cultural And Biological Exchanges Between The New Worlds And The Old Worlds

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The Columbian Exchange refers to a period of cultural and biological exchanges between the New Worlds and the Old Worlds. During this period, there were exchanges of plants, animals, diseases and technology. These exchanges had a massive impact on the region and ultimately transformed European and Native American ways of life. The Columbian Exchange began when Christopher Columbus first voyage launched an era of large scale contact between the Old and the new World that resulted in this ecological revolution We will examine both the positive and negative effects that were caused by this exchange. First of all the Columbian Exchange introduced a variety of different plants which contributed to a change in the economy and culture of the New and Old Worlds. In the Americas a number of new plants were discovered including; tomato, maize, beans, squash, sweet potatoes, cotton and more. As a result, the Europeans began to adopt crops from the Americas. In addition, plants were brought from the Old World to the Americas and some of these new cops flourished in the Americas. Some of these crops included sugar, wheat, bananas and coffee. Many of these newly introduced crops became staples of their diets. A result of this transfer of plants included weeds. World history Biz (2015) found that only a few American weeds, such as horseweed and burn-weed, have managed to survive in Europe, and not in great numbers. In contrast, in the Americas aggressive European weeds, including…

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