The Columbian Exchange: Wheat

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The Columbian Exchange: Wheat

Time Line

1492

Christopher Columbus Discovers the New World

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1520

Smallpox Strikes the Incan Empire

1521

Aztec Empire Decimated by Smallpox

1525

1800

Wheat Reaches the New World

Population of Europe Increases to 150 Million

The Columbian ExchangeWheat

Origin & TravelWheat is believed to have originated in the fertile crescent or in modern-day Turkey. However, for the purpose of the Columbian exchange, Wheat originated in Europe and was traded to Latin America.

(Hops Bread Pictured Above) Upon the arrival of wheat in the Carribbean, it became evident that growing good quality wheat would be a challenge. Therefore, shipments of bread from Spain became highly sought after, due to the necessity of communion wafers for Christianity. Thus, without wheat, Christianity would have advanced slowly.

(A Columbine Harvests Wheat Above)In modern-day Kansas, wheat continues to be vital to the economy. In fact, Kansas exported 382 million bushes of wheat in 2012. Therefore, wheat spread from not only Europe to Latin America but also North America.

(Mexican Bollilos Above)Although Corn remained the most popular grain for producing breads. Wheat gardually rose in popularity, especially for making flour tortillas, and bollilo rolls. Both types of bread are strongly engrained in mexican culture and this wouldn't have been possible without the Columbian Exchange.

Overall EffectThe trade of wheat not only provided an important new sourceof sustenance but also helped to further the Christian religion. Without wheat for bread, then it would have been more difficult to feed growing populations due to the ease of producing bread. Communion wafers were also important to Christianity and its advancement.


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