Christopher Columbus Impact On Human Progress

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Christopher Columbus would never have had in mind that his expedition into the new world would have such an enormous impact on the world as it did. The main goal of the trip was to find a faster route to Asia, and avoid Muslim blockades. Like any traveler, you absorb everything you discover in the new places you visit; but you also leave a trail behind you, impacting the natives weather you notice or not. Columbus went out in search of a better trade route, but he discovered something even better, a New World. As time went on, other travelers started to embark and colonize the new world in the name of their country. Trade was one of the most important ways people obtained their economy. Two of the main exports of trade was plants, which would…show more content…
Although we mainly speak of spices when we talk about the Colombian Exchange or Christopher Columbus’s journey, we never mention the plants and crops that were also spread all across the trading route. There was never and coffee in Columbia, or oranges in Florida, or maize in many Latin American countries. Once trade began, these crops quickly spread all across the continent and flourished in some environments and quickly died out in other environments due to its climate. This helped both the new settlers and the natives, as it benefited both parties adapt also. Although the new settlers and the traders were the ones who brought the crops to the New World, such like maize, coffee, beans, avocadoes, and peanuts. As the Europeans were not very accepting of these crops for example the potato, the hit it off real well in the New World. Demand was high and it didn’t cost much to raise them in these conditions rather than the different climates that Europe had to offer these plants. It shaped the lands, and became its number one food…show more content…
The trade of livestock was mainly used as a way of obtaining food just like the trade of plants and crops. Many animals were introduced into the New World. Many of the animals we find around now these days are probably the offspring of the livestock that were brought here. Cattle, horses, pigs, geese, chickens, goats, donkeys were all live stock that were traded and raised. Some of these livestock were already domesticated such like cattle and horses, on the other hand others not so much like goats, pigs, and chickens. Cattle were sometimes used as currency rather than the actual currency that was used. Horses were used all over the place for travel and battles. Donkeys were used on the fields, etc. Even though the live stock was beneficial for both the traders and the natives of the New World, the down side was there wasn’t always a vet to look over their livestock or the livestock took up to much space and trampled down the soil. Which made the terrain difficult to grow any crops. At any rate, these livestock improved the life style of the traders and the natives of the New
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