Columbian Exchange

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The Columbian Exchange Within the years and decades following Columbus’s discovery of America in 1492, there was a vast trade of beliefs and goods between the Old and New Worlds. This trade, most commonly referred to as the “Columbian Exchange” is perhaps one of the most beneficial, as well as detrimental events in history. Sometimes known as the Grand Exchange, this trade began in the 1500’s as Spanish explorers, conquistadors, and missionaries began to migrate between Europe and the Americas. In many ways, this exchange of very distinct and contrasting cultures helped to diversify the world and bring new items and lifestyles to many different countries. In the Americas, the influence of European culture was quite helpful in assisting the development of new ways of living. For example, prior to the first Spanish explorations in the Americas, there were no horses at all left on the continent(s). But soon after these expeditions, some horses began to escape, while Indians, such as the Apache, captured others. In either instance, these events helped contribute to the development of huge herds of wild horses, which substantially changed the lifestyle of the American Indians. Indians such as the Apache began to
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2008 for the course HHS 125 taught by Professor Mako during the Fall '08 term at Stevens.

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