Globalization and Diffusion

Pink 3 (Lily Signorelli, Anna Connolly, Jason Wu


  • The English language is a good example of diffusion, as it contains many words from other languages.
  • Southern U.S. cities have Spanish and English speaking people.
  • The word 'jeans' comes from the French phrase 'bleu de Genes' meaning 'the blue of Genoa'.


  • Sushi has originated in Japan but has diffused to places such as the U.S.
  • Pasta came from Italy but now is eaten all over the world


  • The denim fabric originated in the French town of Nimes and owes its name to the location, which was quickly known as 'denim' abroad.


  • Jazz was created in Africa and Mediterranean area and now is a huge part of American Culture


  • Victorian styled homes came from London but are now seen throughout the whole United States
  • French Country Architecture originated from France but is also now seen worldwide.


  • Rome was the first nation to put a set of rules/law to govern its people than even those in power were not allowed to disobey. Similarly to the United States, Rome was also a Democratic Republic.


  • Ikea is world recognized business that was started in Sweden.
  • Trade has been a means of cultural diffusion and has spread everywhere. One early example is the Silk Road, over which caravans would travel and exchange goods between Europe and Asia.