The Columbian Exchange And The New World

1161 WordsSep 29, 20165 Pages
During the year 1942, Christopher Columbus and several of his exploration partners discovered the New World. This began what is known as the Columbian Exchange. The Columbian Exchange affected people from various countries politically, socially, and economically. Some people benefited more than others. Due to these effects, the Columbian Exchange is considered one of the most important events in world history. One of the groups that was affected, both positively and negatively by the Columbian Exchange, was the Native Americans. The indigenous populations were very dependent on the land. Thus, the geography dictated their ways of life. They were very intelligent when it came to hunting and farming. The Iroquois Indians, among others, invented the Three Sisters method; which was an agricultural way to plant crops together in such a way that each crop benefited from one another. The method consisted of winter squash, corn, and beans. Economically, this method inspired the Europeans to use it for themselves. But the Europeans were not the only ones inspired by new things; so were the Native Americans. The Europeans brought livestock such as pigs, horses, etc., which furthered the economic growth of the Americas. Though the Native Americans were affected positively from an economic standpoint, the political and social aspects of the Indian groups began to suffer as the Europeans continued their exploration of the Americas. The Native Americans didn 't have any nation-states and
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