world history final the columbian exchange
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In 1492, Columbus arrived in America. This set in motion the Columbian exchange
The Columbian exchange was the transfer of foods, crops, animals, ideas, tech, diseases, and culture from the Americas and the "Old World"
As well as this, people from Africa were enslaved and brought to the Americas in exchange for textiles other manufactured goods from Europe
Europeans coming to America started to colonize it with their beliefs
And new crops and plants from the "old world", including invasive species
Diseases such as smallpox and yellow fever killed over half of America's population by 1650
In addition to these new, and often invasive, ideas and plants, Europeans brought many new diseases to America
Here are some of the main things that were transferred from America and Europe, including lots of fruits, vegetables, livestock, and diseases
Overall, the Columbian exchange allowed for many new ideas, foods, and diseases to travel across, shaping the world we know today
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