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  • DirectionsWith your group, each person needs to take out a clue and read it aloud.Pass the bag around so that everyone reads a clueContinue until all the clues are gone.At the end, make a hypothesis what the item is.

  • The Columbian ExchangeUnit 7 Notes

  • What was the Columbian Exchange?The explorers created contact between Europe & the Americas.Interaction with Native Americans led to big cultural changes.Exchange of physical elements: animals, plants, diseases, weapons, ideas, etc.

  • AnimalsLlamas were the only domesticated animals in Latin America.Europeans brought horses, pigs, cattle, sheep.changed the use of the land

  • PlantsEuropeans brought cash crops to the Americas: sugar, rice, wheat, coffee, bananas, & grapes.New crops flourished in the Americas.From Latin America- Europeans adopt crops found in the Americas: maize, tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, cacao, beans, & cotton.

  • The Introduction of New DiseasesNearly all of the European diseases were communicable by air & touch. Smallpox, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, chicken pox, bubonic plague, scarlet fever and influenza were the most common diseases exchanged. Europeans thought that natives were being punished for being polytheistic and barbaric in their practices (ie. Human sacrifice)

  • SmallpoxCentral Mexico - 25 million in 1519 to less than one million in 1605Hispaola - One million in 1492 to 46,000 in 1512North America - 90% of Native Americans gone within 100 years of Plymouth landing

  • Effects of DiseasesNative American population dramatically decreases because they had no immunity to European diseases.Europeans need labor to cultivate new crops in the Americas, but there arent many natives left.Europeans look to Africa & begin to import African slaves to the Americas.

  • Impact of the Columbian ExchangeDifferent FoodsExchange of foods & animals had a dramatic impact on later societiesOver time, crops native to the Americas became staples in the diets of EuropeansFoods provided nutrition, helped people live longerUntil contact with Americas, Europeans had never tried tomatoes--by 1600s, tomatoes included in Italian cookbooksEconomicsActivities like cattle ranching and coffee growing not possible without Columbian ExchangeTraditional cuisines changed because of Columbian Exchange (Think- Italy without the Tomato, Belgium without chocolate)

  • Effects Around the GlobeThe Columbian Exchange not only impacted Europe & the Americas, but alsoChina: Arrival of easy-to-grow, nutritious corn helped the population grow tremendously.Africa: two native crops of Americas--corn, peanuts--still among most widely grownScholars estimate one-third of all food crops grown in the world are of American origin.

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