Lecture 4.1307

Lecture 4.1307 - ECOLOGICAL CHANGE IN THE SIXTEENTH AND...

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ECOLOGICAL CHANGE IN THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES Focus: British North America and the Spanish Empire Introduction 1. Definitions of ecology - The interrelationship between organisms and their environment (Merriam Webster) - The relationship between living organisms and their environment (OED) 2. The ecological revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - There is a major change in where ‘things’ are - Connected to the trade of the new empires of the period 3. What ‘moves’ - People: immigration and the labor force (mainly slavery) - Disease - Plants - Animals 4. Historical Questions:- - What is the impact of transfers such as the Columbian Exchange? - Everything that ‘moves’ has a profound impact but is one more important than another? - Why do some of the ecological changes wan or wax? - The plague
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