The Columbian Exchange refers to a period of cultural and biological exchanges between the New and Old Worlds. Exchanges of plants, animals, diseases and technology transformed European and Native American ways of life. Beginning after Columbus’ discovery in 1492 the exchange lasted throughout the years of expansion and discovery. The Columbian Exchange impacted the social and cultural makeup of both sides of the Atlantic. Advancements in agricultural production, evolution of warfare, increased mortality rates and education are a few examples of the effect of the Columbian Exchange on both Europeans and Native Americans.
1. Go to the Period 1 page, read an article on the Columbian Exchange if you need a refresher.
2. Using the information provided in the article and your knowledge of the Columbian Exchange answer the following question in a well-developed paragraph on the blog. Reply to one of your peers. Blog post is due Thursday morning by 7am.
Which group benefited the most from the Columbian Exchange; Amerindians of the New World or Europeans of the Old World?