Columbian Exchange

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Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange refers to a period of cultural and biological exchanges between the New and Old Worlds. Exchanges of plants, animals, diseases and technology transformed European and Native American ways of life. Beginning after Columbus' discovery in 1492 the exchange lasted throughout the years of expansion and discovery. The Columbian Exchange impacted the social and cultural makeup of both sides of the Atlantic. Advancements in agricultural production, evolution of warfare, increased mortality rates and education are a few examples of the effect of the Columbian Exchange on both Europeans and Native Americans.


-The Columbian Exchange impacted the social and cultural part of both sides of the Atlantic.-Exchanged plants, animals, and technology.

Lasting Impact

Air transport allows the spread of insects and diseases that would not easily survive longer, slower trips. Modern transport carries on in the tradition of Columbus by promoting a homogenization of the world’s plants and animals. To date, however, the world historical importance of modern exchanges pales beside that which took place in the original Columbian Exchange.

The Columbian Exchange


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