The Colombian Exchange

The Colombian Exchange

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  • Wow!  It appears as if not that many settlers are here compared to when we first arrived.  I wonder if anyone knows why.
  • I wonder if everyone here knows about the exchange and spread of disease and agriculture going on here!  
  • Oh!  There's someone!
  • Excuse me, ma'am.  Do you know why the population has decreased here?
  • Why, yes I do!  I was actually just thinking if anyone knew about it!  Why don't we take a walk and I can tell you all about it.
  • I'm sure the first thing you have noticed, is disease and death.  Well, sickness is not the only thing we are exchanging.
  • Really?  I didn't even know we are exchanging.  What does that mean, and what are we exchanging?
  • When we came from the old world to the new world, we brought traditions, agriculture, and different ways of life.  As you know by now, we were not the first ones to be here.  There were natives!
  • How cool!  So then why are people dying of diseases?
  • Well, since we came from the old world, our bodies are used to different kinds of sicknesses, just like we are used to certain styles of living tha we have been exposed to.  Therfore, our bodies don't know how to fight off the diseases and we don't know how to cure them.
  • "The Columbian Exchange!"
  • Wow!  That explains a lot.  With all of the events going on, are we finding a way to shape the future?
  • Absolutely!  We are learning new ways of agriculture and life from the natives!  We are also constantly changing the future with everything we do.  While there is hardship, good will come out in the end.  We are expanding our diversity everyday with new decisions.
  • Oh wow!  That is incredible.  We definitely have a lot of weight on our shoulders.  But, it sure is a relief to know that we will have an impact on the new world forever!
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