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Dennis BowenColumbian Exchange: A Beginning of GlobalizationHIS101 M1A1507 words10/23/16
The Columbian Exchange was a term that was coined by Alfred W. Crosby that describes the ecological influences that occurred for both the Native Americans and European nations after Christopher Columbus’ landing in 1492 (Gambino, 2011). Prior to Crosby’s research, the impact of the discovery of America was only discussed from a political or economic standpoint. A lot of things such as crops, domestic animals, and even diseases were shared between the Native Americans and early settlers.Many people came over from Europe with the desire to become wealthy. The Spanish were no exception. They took down many Central and South American native tribes in lieu of the gold they foundthe tribes possessed. Many tribes were enslaved and worked to find even more gold and other precious metals in order for them to send back across the ocean. Native civilizations such as the Inca and Aztec empires were eventually brought down because of Spain’s greed for wealth (Locke &Wright, 2015).