Discussion 5 - The Columbian Exchange was the trading of goods from the East to the West that had a Global impact Christopher Columbus voyage to the New

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The Columbian Exchange was the trading of goods from the East to the West that had a Global impact. Christopher Columbus voyage to the New World from the Old sparked this mass exchange to take place. Each country gained and received many new items never before seen in their land. Some of the largest items traded were tobacco, sugar, cotton, and diseases. During this time Europe decided to adopt a new economic policy called Mercantilism. It rejected free trade while being based on the idea that the more silver and gold that you have the more power your country had. If you had good business practices, you could sell more goods than bought leading to an increase in profit and gaining a higher status. An example of how to obtain economic superiority can be found in our reading. Jamestown sent to Europe 170 pounds of tobacco on its first harvest, just six years later they sent over 20,000 pounds and just ten years after that they were up to 1.5 million pounds. Although Jamestown settlers arrived 13 years before those, who

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