The Columbian Exchange Was A Negative Effect On The New World

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The Columbian Exchange was a time period in which trading and exchanges were completed between the Old and New Worlds. The man in which it was centered around is Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer and navigator, who is credited with discovering the New World. Although he was looking for a quicker trade route to Asia, Columbus stumbled upon North America and changed the way people lived all around the globe. Exploration was a crucial piece of European life, so its not surprising that the Spanish Monarchy funded Columbus’ journey. Even though the Columbian exchange was nothing short of extraordinary, there are constant debates on whether it had a positive or negative effect on the New World. Overall, the Columbian Exchange was a negative event for the New World because it brought over diseases that killed devastating amounts of Native Americans, forced survivors into slavery, and transported animals as well as pests that ran rampant around the local environments
The diseases that the European explorers brought over, and the effect they had on the Native Americans, were by far the worst parts of the Columbian Exchange. While some people may believe that war and mistreatment of the Natives were what caused 80-95% of them to perish, the actual cause was diseases like measles and smallpox. According to Dinesh D’Souza, before the Europeans arrived, there was between 15 and 20 million Indians, but 150 years later, there was only a small amount left. In “The Crimes of…

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