SPICE- Trade Routes

By: Peyton Lowery

S- Social

During the Colombian Exchange, women were still mainly seen as the one who would care for the children and tend to the house, while the man would go out and work to provide for his family. Although, the Spanish men and native women began to have children together which created what they called "mestizos".

During the slave trade, many native Africans were bought, taken from their country, and brought to places around the world to work under terrible conditions. Africa suffered a massive decrease in population because of slavery.

Silver trade resulted in population growth in Europe, because with this new-found treasure people could afford to support a bigger family.

Religious syncretism was the mixing of two religions. It was because the natives were being forced to convert, but they wanted to find ways to incorporate and still worship their own native religions.

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During the Colombian Exchange, Europe was controlled by monarchies, but it was also largely influenced by the church. The Americas were ruled by their own indigenous tribal governments. Africa had few large empires, so most of its small groups had small governments composed of their own elected officials.

Before the silver trade, China had a very divided government, but once silver trade began it helped to unify China's government, at least for a while.

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I- Interactions between People and the Environment

During the Colombian Exchange, the people had a large impact on the environment in the New World. For example, they brought over many new crops and livestock, which helped to improve the diets of many of the native peoples. They also brought with them many new diseases, which killed huge amounts of the native peoples and slaves.

During the silver trade, many mines were opened across the Americas that provided Spain with much of the silver that was developed. This caused many environmental problems, such as air pollution and deforestation.

In religious syncretism most religions tended to respect the environment, or do their best to at least use the resources that the god(s), or whomever the worshiped, provided them with.

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C- Cultural

During the slave trade, many new religions were created by religious syncretism. For example, in Haiti slaves created a new religion using Christian symbols and names. They kept their native religion by using their own traditions and customs, just incorporating Christian aspects.

During silver trade, religions around the world gained more power. They gained more power, because they could encourage their congregations to pay more money to them to "forgive their sins". This in turn resulted in people paying the church more and more money trying to compensate for their sins, which meant the church gained a lot of money. And we all know, more money means more power.

During the Colombian Exchange, many religions were spread from Europe to the New World and vise versa.

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E- Economic

During the Colombian Exchange, the economy was booming. Wealthy merchants came to trade and therefore increasing the amount of money circulating in the countries, which created a better economy.

During slave trade, the economy in Africa was suffering. Although, Africa was gaining money for their slaves, it was a very minuscule amount. They were also losing many able-bodied men and women that could generate more money resulting in a better economy. Europe, during slave trade, had a very wealthy economy, because they bought slaves cheap and could put them to work for no pay, but still reap the benefits of their harvests at full price.

During the silver trade, China saw a period of great success because of silver trade. But soon after, they faced inflation, which resulted in the collapse of their economy and decrease of trade.

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