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Unformatted text preview: The term Columbian Exchange was coined by Alfred Crosby in 1972 in his book titled The Columbian Exchange. The Columbian Exchange can be best describe as the exchange of food, plants, animals, people (slaves) and disease between the New World and Western Europe.1 The shipment of such foods as maize, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes were transferred to other continents leading to significant agricultural growth as well as causing a significant increase in populations as well.2 The population of the world was said to have doubled between 1650 and 1850 due to the Columbian Exchange.3 Livestock was also a big part of the Columbian Exchange. Various livestock was introduced by the Europeans to include horses, cattle, sheep and pigs. The turkey was introduced to the Eastern Hemisphere.4 Many grains were introduced to the new world which included wheat, rice, barley, and oats.5 Food was not the only import/ export, disease wreaked havoc on both ends of the Atlantic. Columbus crew members brought back with export, disease wreaked havoc on both ends of the Atlantic....
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- Fall '08
- The Columbian Exchange