The Negative Effects Of The Columbian Exchange

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The Columbian Exchange is a term, coined by Alfred Crosby, meaning the transfer of ideas, people, products, and diseases resulting from Old World contact with Native Americans. Some goods exchanged between the New and Old Worlds include the three sisters, potatoes, wheat, tobacco, guns, languages, religion, weeds, influenza, smallpox, and human beings. While the transmission of foods to the Old World greatly contributed to population growth, there are largely more negative consequences worldwide than positive ones (3). After looking at all of the facts, one can only conclude that the Columbian Exchange had a more detrimental effect than a beneficial one.

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