Columbian Exchange

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Columbian Exchange

Columbian Exchange

It was 1492 as Christopher Columbus was the first to sail beyond what was known to man. He discovered an area of land that no one knew existed, beginning a trend for ages to follow. Slowly bringing together the two seperated areas into one communicating world, he began the Columbian Exchange. The Columbian Exchange was the trade of several various goods and services from one hemisphere to another. Some goods included: corn, slaves, livestock, and other necessities for life.

Late 1400sand Early 1500s

On the other hand, many of the effects from trading with other countries were extremely negative. For example there could have been a sudden break out of an infectious disease causing the death rate to sky-rocket, or maybe an animal brought into society killed off people and ate their crops. Situations like this are unavoiable if you do not know the risks in the beginning, but can potentially be detrimental to a country.

Sometimes the trade and interactions going on between the foreign countries were beneficial to each other. Maybe there was a growth population or a rise in the food amounts from the last year as a result of this, or maybe there was a certain herb that could cure a disease alive in their population. The outcomes possibilites are endless and the effects were positive.

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It was difficult to know whether a certain animal or plant would overall benefit a society or, on the other hand, bring the area down to a lower level than before. The people of these areas had to try out new ways and experiment. For example Florida first discovered the orange, Italy the tomatoe, and Hawaii the pinapple during this time period. Those products now thrive in those areas.

THE 3 MAIN PRODCUTS EXCHANGED:1. Food2. Animals3. Sickness

1. What were the motives for the interaction?


Motives for the interaction began with the discovery of new countries by Columbus. People had inhabited the areas before he got there but this was not known to the public. As he discovered new land, societies from countries around the world began to discover new tactics, foods, and animals which were foreign to them before. This is how the communitcation, trade, and expanision, or decline, of areas began.


2. What were the immediate reactions of both of the parties involved?

The immediate reactions from either side of the trade varied depending on the nature of the trade, what was at stake, and what type of results came to the society after the trade. If the trade led to a serious disease in the society in one party, then obviously the immediate reactions were bitter and negative. On the other hand, the trade could have resulted opposite from this and the two countries would probably continue to make this same trade.

3. How did these interactions affect politics, religions, societies, and economics?

Interactions between parties most likely had effects on certain aspects in a country. The religious symbols and gods could influence a country to strive to be like another. Maybe a way of effective government looked successful in one country and was then used in another. The possible outcomes are endless.


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