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Combined Notes - I Why is 1492 such an important year a...

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Unformatted text preview: I. Why is 1492 such an important year? a. Change i. Change in New World vs. Old World b. New Hemisphere c. Shift in power from Asia to Europe d. Beginning of Columbian Exchange i. One side is the disease exchange ii. Many things from the New World had a huge impact on the Old World… Corn, Potatoes have changed life 1. Availability of lots of calories e. Muslim population is kicked out of Spain into Northern Africa i. Allowed everything else to come into being since Spanish did not have to spend time and recourses on the Moors, so they turned their attention to expansion and exploration I I. Why did Columbus want to take this mission? a. Establish a safe trade route to China i. Trip around Africa was dangerous ii. Land route expense, distance, and danger b. If one finds a trade route, he opens trade to east. Also, you are the one that becomes famous for finding the route c. Religion i. Spread Christianity ii. Always devout journey to spreading Christianity around the world in his journals d. Columbus always talks about Gold and Parrots. When Columbus saw Parrots, he thought he would find Gold. i. Christopher Columbus read Marco Polo’s travel journey when he was young. Polo bull shitted the book, talking about Mermaid’s and Sea Monsters ii. This led to Columbus bull shitting about Parrots. Columbus is not always interested in the t ruth, but also in entertainment, saying what he wanted to say. e. Columbus defined the new people as good vs bad in his journals, good being those who accept Christianity and do not resist, bad being those who resist the conquistador. I I I.Columbus a. Considered himself the second coming of Christ as he goes crazy b. I. The Columbian Exchange a. Accidentally sets off a new world, one that we still pay the consequences of \ b. Cortes conquers Aztecs c. His cousin Pizzaro goes and conquers Incas- massive and powerful civilization that was going through a civil war i. Waves of the small pox epidemic spread from Mexico down into South America. 1. When Pizzaro gets to South America, they had already suffered from one or two epedemics, not just small pox, but measles and others ii. Plays one against the other d. The only areas left unconquered by the Spanish was inside the Amazon basin and the area declared by the Portuguese by the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494) I I. The New New World a. Late 1700s, French Priest (Abbe Renou) said: The two most consequential moments in history were the rounding of Good Hope and discovery of new world by Columbus i. Did these things create more positive effects than negative affects? ii. Many criticize Columbus, many praise him, but the general consensus is that the positives are greater than the negatives iii....
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