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What is the Columbian Exchange?

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F. Ray

F. Ray

F. Ray
F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Answered Jan 08, 2019

The Columbus Exchange sometimes called The Great Exchange refers to the exchange of ideas, plants, livestock, diseases and technology between the Old world and the New World in the 15th and 16th century following the voyage of Christopher Columbus. It is named after Christopher Columbus

The Columbus Exchange sometimes called The Great Exchange refers to the exchange of ideas, plants,

The Old World brought horses, smallpox, apples, Coffee, banana, spices and sugar and the New World gave potatoes, tomatoes, chocolate, sunflower and cotton in return. These are some of the things that were exchanged. The exchange further impacted the social and cultural makeup of both sides.

Advancement in agriculture was recorded, mortality rate increased and education increased within the regions.

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