Impact On The Columbian Exchange

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Across the ocean, ships sailed to trade goods and people, along with sharing ideas and diseases. The Columbian Exchange was a transatlantic exchange of goods, diseases, people, and ideas between Europe, Africa, and the Americas. These commodities and theories were spread through exploration from the late 1400s and throughout the age of discovery. Though this exchange was mainly for the purpose of Europeans, the impact fell on a much larger range. The native peoples of both Africa and the Americas gradually involved themselves within this transatlantic trade. The Columbian Exchange had originally developed as an exchange of goods and peoples, however it additionally expanded into an exchange of disease and ideas. Christopher Columbus sailed with finances from the Spanish crown in 1492 with the purpose of discovering passage to Asia and a way into the esteemed spice trade. Instead, he “discovered” and claimed the Americas for Spain. Over time, more and more Europeans immigrated to the Americas and established residence. This began the trade of goods and people across the Atlantic. From the Americas, products and goods such as corn, tomatoes, potatoes, peanuts, tobacco, cotton, whale oil, lumber, furs, rice, silk, indigo, sugar, molasses, and wood were brought to Europe. These commodities and goods are largely present in the European lifestyle today. Religion was a large motivating force to colonize the Americas, and one of the ideals spread through the Columbian Exchange.
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