The Columbian Exchange In The Americas: Change Ove

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The Columbian Exchange in the Americas: Change Over Time The Americas were influenced by many different factors. These factors led to the population dropping and population skyrocketing. Advancing technology and biology made an impact as well. From 1492 to around 1750 societies from Europe and Africa greatly influenced and changed the Americas. The Europeans introduced a deadly wave of small pox and the measles, where slaves from Africa were brought over to grow and harvest sugar cane. These factors resulted in cultural and biological changes to the Americas. These transformations that took place between the Old World and the New is named the Columbian Exchange by historians. The Columbian Exchange resulted in the introduction of rice, wheat, oats, barley, and sugar cane to the New World. Horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens were some of the animals that were brought as well. In the New World, Europeans encountered new indigenous plants for food, which were cultivated by the natives. Some of these include potatoes, beans, squash, and maize. These plants were brought back to Europe, which sparked population explosions. Along with these new crops and animals, Christopher Columbus brought diseases with him that the natives were not immune to. This resulted in many dying from these illnesses. The Natives, which had been an isolated population for centuries lacked immunity to the sicknesses and subsequently suffered the consequences of Columbus’ visit. Fevers, smallpox, and measles were proved to be deadly and wiped out tribes at a time. In return, the Europeans fell to the New World disease of syphilis. The repercussions of the Columbian Exchange were somewhat mixed. It created increases in food production which resulted in a major increase of human populations. The diseases Columbus left behind caused the population in America to fall, while the

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