Other New World Commodities

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Other New World Commodities What is a ‘commodity’? Raw material or semi-processed material used as an item of trade 1. New World Foods 1500s, Europe recovering from population collapse o From the black death or plague o This population growth placed pressure on Europe’s food resources since the technology placed limitations on agriculture 15 th and 16 th Century, intro of New World foods increased quantity and quality of food o Besides familiar foods such as cod these foods contained completely new vegetables and grains Contributed to population growth o 1650-1850: world’s population doubled o Scholars argued that this had to do with Europe’s adoption of food from the America’s Early Population Growth of Exploring/Settling Nations o e.g. Spain o 3 million in 1530 o 6 million in 1600 Maize o Originated from Mesoamerica (Mexico and central America), but spread before Contact o From great lakes to Amazon basin Domesticated by Aboriginals o The Huron domesticated 7 different kinds of Maize
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