A Fundamental Rule Of Networks

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At the very beginning of Chapter 15, Morillo states that “ A fundamental rule about networks is that they carry far more than just material goods”. The whole period that Morillo calls the Late Agrarian Era (1500-1800) explores this idea that goods inevitably come with ideas and cultural practices attached to them. They have the ability to enter any cultural environment and change it completely. In this chapter Morillo divides the commodities into groups, and the three groups of commodities that I am going to discuss include “ The Columbian Exchange”, “High value luxury goods ” and “Human Commodities(slave trade)” The Columbian Exchange occurred when Columbus came to the Americas.The exchange involved a transaction between the American…show more content…
Tobacco and chocolate were promoted as food, drinks, and drugs. Tobacco was said to cure scrofula, rheumatism and a good number of other ailments. Other crops including tomatoes spread despite being considered as being dangerous. Some other American crops that spread included maize, squash, peppers, and potatoes, these crops encouraged significant population growths in southern China from the seventeenth century and also became staple crops in northern Europe. The spreading of new crops and cattles affected the reshaping of local landscapes. This gave way for the introduction of new crops in different climates. Crops like wheat came from Europe and spread through the America’s and domestic animals like pigs, cattle, and horses. This shift in landscape was eminent in the Caribbean islands, where many indigenous animals went extinct along with the native people of the Island. Pigs, rats, sugarcane , coffee, and slave populations became the new inhabitants of the Caribbeans. The Columbian exchange influenced a networking world and simulated global commerce.Many of the world’s best local cuisines are a result of the columbian exchange, There was an introduction of hamburgers with ketchup, the chili peppers in Indian curries, pasta and tomato sauce etc.Some crops were easy to grow in multitudes of climates like potatoes. These crops did not bring a lot of people money, but spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, coriander and
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