The Columbian Exchange
What It Means to You
What Is It?
The movement of plants, animals, and people between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.
These are just a few examples of the many foods and plants.
How many of you like bacon?
The Native People
These people were eventually used for slave labor.
Why Is This Important?
Do you like pizza? Thank the Columbian Exchange.
Do you like chocolate? Thank the Columbian Exchange
Do you like hamburgers? Columbian Exchange
Do you like oranges? Columbian Exchange
Soda? Columbian Exchange
Wool socks? Columbian Exchange
Bananas? Columbian Exchange
The list goes on and on.
It's Not All Good...
The Columbian Exchange also had harmful effects. The Europeans brought many diseases to the New World. The native people did not have immunity to these diseases and it caused epidemics. Within 50 years of Columbus's visit, almost all of the Taino had died from these sicknesses.