The Columbian Exchange is one of the more spectacular ecological events of the past millennium. the Exchange is a time period consisting of biological and cultural exchange between the Old and the New World. Plants animals, disease, and many more were exchanged between the Europeans and the Native Americans.Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas on August 12, 1492 and the exchange lasted for many years to come. This exchange greatly affected almost every single society on Earth at the time. The Columbian Exchange of food majorly upgraded the European's diet, not only because it added to the taste, but by also simply increasing society's ability to feed more people.
The Columbian Exchange, led and started by Columbus, was the trading and arrival of new foods, plants, animals, diseases, and people. The exchange had many advantages and dis-advantages. The Columbian exchange caused advances in agriculture, expansion, and discovery. In my opinion mostly everything that happened in the Columbian exchange was a disadvantage due to the Columbian exchange we have disease, slavery was started which hasn't ended till this day, and spam was able to be processed which started Hormel, yikes. Many new foods from the Columbian exchange included tomato's, pumpkins, corn, potato's, wheat, grapes and peppers.
The Columbian Exchange: Destruction and Rebirth It’s the Pre-Columbian era and Native Americans don’t have a thought of Columbus’s arrival. Before 1492, the Americas was occupied with tribal societies who took part in trade, battle, and sacrificial offerings to their gods. “In a tribal society, members usually took on gender roles. For example, the males would hunt for food while the females would prepare the meal. Duties of both genders were unique to the success of their community.
Western Civilization was formed by the help of many different things and one of them is the American Domestic Slave Trade of the 1800’s. Most people have been taught that the American Domestic Slave Trade started in the early 1800’s but it was actually proven to have started in the 1760’s during the African Slave Trade. The American Domestic Trades climax point was during the periods between 1787-1807. During the 1860’s the Domestic Trade continued and forced 1.2 men, women, and children (born in America) to the shores. One of the most important resources used for agriculture during the Domestic Trades was cotton.
When the Ottomans closed off all trade routes east, everyone freaked out because their european food was so dull and bland, they had asian spices to make the taste more interesting. Thus the europeans were forced to find alternate routes. The search for material gain through obtaining and selling Asian spices, African slaves, American metals, and other resources. As merchants gained influence in late-medieval western Europe, they persuaded their governments to establish a direct connection to the remunerative Asian trade, leading to the first European voyages of discovery in the 1400s. Another profitable thing they would trade was crop.
Demographically, the Columbian Exchange allowed for a major population increase in Europe, but killed many natives of The Americas. As a result of crops such as potatoes and corn being introduced to Europe due to the Columbian Exchange, European population increased because the food supply increased. In contrast, Native American population decreased drastically due to the unintentional introduction and spread of diseases such as smallpox. Environmentally, the Columbian Exchange allowed European farmers to grow new crops, but led to major deforestation in The Americas. As a result of new crops such as corn and potatoes being introduced to Europe, farmers are able to grow more food of greater diversity.
The Columbian Exchange occurred when Columbus arrived in the new world and disease, culture, crops, and animals were traded. This swap caused the great biological exchange. When the Spanish and later English came over to the new world along with crops and animals they also brought disease. Europeans, living among many diseases, had built immunity to the ailment, but since the natives had never been exposed to the illnesses they had no immunity and the disease quickly spread. The Europeans, unintentionally, started an epidemic that would spread throughout the Americas and single handedly kill millions of Natives.
Because Columbus had limited amounts of ships he could not take as many natives as he would have preferred and this could be an indication to why he wrote his letter the way he wrote it. Ultimately having the support of the crown worked in his favor to exploit the land and its people. Columbus’ discovery of this new land led to the Columbian Exchange where animals, plants, and humans were “products” of the New World and transported to the Old World. Another product he came across was gold something he seems to leave out of this document. The way Columbus took advantage of the native people was brutal not only by enslaving them but by colonialism which essentially is a takeover.
The Europeans were making money off of cash crops planted in the fertile land, which helped them to become more powerful. For example, the tobacco seed brought in extreme wealth and without Columbus’ exploration, the plant may have never been cultivated. The new world also provided vast land to populate, which helped to increase their culture’s size, which lead to a more advanced society because they had more people learning and working. Columbus’ travels provided educational and economic opportunities that bettered Europe and advance their society. Because of the improvements Columbus’ journey provided to European society, he is worthy of a celebratory