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The Columbian Exchange

Post  ebznski on Sun Oct 26, 2014 1:58 pm

The Columbian Exchange was the exchange of new goods, as well as diseases, between the Americas and Europe. These exchanges had a large-scale impact on Europe and the Americas. For Europe it had a positive effect because most of the goods from the Americas became a staple in their diet. For example, the potato is still a very famous food in their diet because it is easy to grow in every season and it is also less expensive to grow because you can grow so many at once. The Native Americans had never seen a horse or a cow before the Europeans arrived so if they hadn't arrived there would not be cattle or horses in the Americas. These animals helped them tremendously because these animals were the "beasts of burden" meaning that these were the animals that could do a lot of hard labor as well as other things. For example, a horse could pull a cart as well at make transportation faster for the Native Americans. However, not all of the exchanges were good. When the Europeans came they brought diseases that the Americans had never encountered before and they were not prepared for them causing most of the Native American population to die out.
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Post  Romane D. on Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:35 pm

I think the Columbian Exchange was extremely important for all of the continents. It brought diversification into the cultures and countries. It's also incredible how much the population grew all around the world thanks to this exchange. Did you know that it was named after Christopher Columbus Shocked Awesomee topic i'm lovin' itt <3
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Post  Vasilisa on Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:28 pm

A lot of people think that for example coffee and sugar cane originated in America, but actually it came from Europe. Or that potato originated in Europe, while they brought it to Europe from America.

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Post  CicelyS on Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:33 pm

If it hadn't been for the Columbian Exchange, we wouldn't have so many of the things we have today. It's strange to think about it in that way!
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The Columbian Exchange

Post  Joshua T on Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:45 pm

If it weren't for the Columbian Exchange, we would not have the things that we have today. These things include horses.

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