Columbian Exchange

By: Abby Lobell

What is the Columbian Exchange?

The Columbian Exchange was when Christopher Columbus started the trade with Asia, Europe, and Africa. The Columbian Exchange was named After Columbus. Goods were imported into North America from Asia, Europe, and Africa. Goods were also exported from North America. This was a good change for North America.

Why the Columbian Exchange such a great thing for North American and Asia.

The Columbian Exchange was a good and bad thing for North America. It was a more of a good thing for North America. One good thing was when Columbus brought fruit and plants, such as bananas, peaches, pears, coffee beans, sugarcane, citrus fruits etc. We wouldn't have those foods today without the Columbian Exchange. Also, another good thing was when he brought cattle, horses, sheep, goats, etc. The Natives had only buffalo to farm and they had to hunt on the ground for days. Soon those buffalo turned into cattle and the Natives could hunt on horses instead of the ground. One anther good thing was that Columbus got to bring various items to his hame continents. They wouldn't have many items such as potatoes, squash, turkeys, etc. Everybody got something good out of this Exchange.

Why the Columbian Exchange was not so great.

One thing that didn't make the Columbian Exchange good was diseases. The Europeans brought deadly diseases such as smallpox, whooping cough, measles, etc. Another bad thing was potatoes that Columbus brought back from North America caused a deadly fungus killing hundreds of people. Also a bad thing was the rats on Columbus's ship caused deadly diseases killing a lot of people. The Columbian exchange wasn't that bad it was more of a good thing than bad.