The Importance Of The Columbian Neo Indian Exchange

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The Columbian Neo Indian Exchange, which happened in the year 1492 can be described as being an exchange of ideas, food, crops, diseases and populations between the New and Old world. The reason why this particular time period is of such importance is because not only would these events would have had an impact on the people living in this era but it would also change the future forever. I will be paying particular attention to some of the new things people of the New World would have been exposed to during the period. In this essay I will focus on crops, technology, livestock, disease and religion.
Plants that were involved in the Columbian Exchange had an affect on the culture and state of economy with both the New and Old worlds. Many new plants were discovered in the Americas which included sunflowers, peanuts, chili peppers, tomatoes, beans, avocado, squash, sweet potatoes, chenopods, cacao, cassava and maize. The two plants that turned out to be of most significance were maize and potato. Maize played a key role in the Amerindian diet due to it being able to be stored for an unlimited period of time. What made the potato an important part of the diet was that it provided a valuable source of nutrients as well as being a valuable source of energy. Even though maize and potato were seen as being the more important crops, tobacco, cacao and sugarcane were also of great value as they proved they be quite profitable due to their popularity. Most of these crops thrived in
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