Major consequences of the columbian exchange - Kendra Nichols Professor Culver Environmental History Major consequences of the Columbian Exchange

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Kendra Nichols Professor Culver Environmental History 09/27/16 Major consequences of the Columbian Exchange Slavery, war, and unneeded deaths were just some of the consequences of the Columbian exchange because of factors past peoples, from multiple countries, unconsciously and consciously did. Disease was the first bad Omen of Columbus finding North America. Then came the wants of the Spaniards, wants such as Silver, gold, and land. Lastly, Slavery became prominent around the world and seen as the norm. Not only were Africans subjected to such treatment but so were many other ethnic groups such as the Chinese and Natives; even the captured were not spared. While many bad things came about due to the Columbian exchange, Disease was by far the first and worst outcome of many new and old populations alike in the world. For one the natives Cortez came across were ultimately obliterated due to a disease, Small Pox, that came with the Spaniards on their ships. Where the Spanish had dealt with this disease before and their bodies were now more or less immune to the disease, the Natives were not; within months’ whole populations dwindled to almost nothing as the sickness spread fast in the densely populated areas. After Malaria and Yellow Fever, places like the wet forests of Mesoamerica and Amazonia became inhospitable. (C. Mann pg. 103) Unfortunately this outbreak within populations not immune was ultimately due to Cortez’ greed for gold and such that the natives of what we now know as Mexico had in abundance. His Greed overruled

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