Blog.docx - Renea Watson In my opinion the most significant legacy of the Columbian exchange on world's history is a collision of cultures The Columbian

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Renea Watson In my opinion, the most significant legacy of the Columbian exchange on world's history is a collision of cultures. The Columbian exchange altered the history of the world greatly, as it connected people from both the new and old world's that were long separated and helped in the improvement of the world. Through the Columbian exchange, new cultures of food and everyday life were created as there were massive exchange of crops. For example, the old world brought with them crops such as sugar cane and bananas and adapted crops such as potatoes and beans from the new world. With the exchange of these crops brought diversity of religious and economical dominance. For example, patroon systems were implemented to encourage colonization which resulted in relations with Indians. According to the text, “The patroon system granted large estates to wealthy landlords, who subsequently paid passage for the tenants to work their land. Expanding Dutch settlements correlated with deteriorating relations with local Indians” (Burnett et al., 2018). The collision of cultures became prominent because of the two industries that powered early colonial Brazil (sugar and slave trade). With sugar and slave trade brought more and more Africans to be enslaved in Brazil which also brought Native spirituality and orthodox Catholicism that created a unique religious culture. “This culture resulted from the demographics of Brazilian slavery. High mortality rates on sugar plantations required a steady influx of new slaves, thus perpetuating the cultural connection between Brazil and Africa” (Burnett et al., 2018). Even though, the Columbian exchange was and eventful time in history, it did impact the New World with great outcomes and brought forth many significant legacies.

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