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Kidder 1Grace KidderProf. Blue ClarkAmerican History21 Sept. 2015The Europeans Are Coming, and They Are Changing the WorldThere are countless events in history that are important, but what singular moment is the most significant, the one that changed everything? Some would argue World War II, or the Industrial Revolution; however, I believe the turning point of history occurred in a familiar year – 1492. Alfred W. Crosby and Helen Nader argue that America is the product of Christopher Columbus. “Surely few individuals in history have had such profound and long-lasting effect on the . . . world” (17). Columbus’ arrival and the subsequent European presence in the Americas is the most significant event in history because it forever altered trade between the two sides of the globe, specifically the exchange of commodities, diseases, and people.As a result of foreign presence in the New World, the Columbian Exchange began. This circular trade between Europe and the Americas introduced new commodities to both hemispheres. Europeans brought foods such as bananas, grapes, and sugar cane to America; they