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Jared CassellOJ Gibson9-25-15Period 4AP US HistoryThe Columbian ExchangeThe Columbian exchange, "An exchange of animals, goods, disease, and slave labor" (lecture notes 9-21-15). The influence, which it had on many people, was very large. It affected people like the Spaniards, the Native Americans, and more. This exchange set many effects into motion, such as economic changes, religious changes, changed values in human life (racism), and some technological advances. Although there were many positive effects of the Columbian Exchange,they were overshadowed by negative effects, in the economy, religion, and racism; and ultimately, it would have been better, if the exchange had never happened.With new crops and more goods from the New World, there was much economic growth. In the New World, there was a lot of gold and silver, so there a new system created for these precious metals. It is called the bullion, which is a large piece of gold or silver. The influx of this bullion caused the economy to transform into a mercantilist and capitalist society. A feudalist economy turned into one with mercantilism and capitalism. Mercantilism is "trading and getting money from overseas and colonies", and