AP World History-1
Change between 1492-1750 in America, Europe, and Africa
The result of contact between Europe, Africa, and America during 1492 to 1750 changed their social and economical structures greatly. Europe's and Africa's economic structure grew while Americas didn't. Also America's and Africa's social structure decreased but helped Europe discover new goods and economy grow and religion spread.
After the return of Columbus from the Americas, his discovery led to the Columbian exchange which helped Europe's economy grow and colonization expand. After colonizing in America Europe started bringing in Indians from America to Europe to work on the sugar plantations which at the time were the best thing they had. Later on not only would there be Indians working on the plantations but also the Atlantic slave trade would bring in slaves from Africa. Also Europe's people start moving to the Americas and owning encomiendas in were they would own lands with natives there and in return to the crown they would turn the natives to Christian faith and learned Spanish. After Europe's progress a middle class also started rising in the social caste system and African slaves were used more than Indians. As time passed slaves started gaining price and sugar started decreasing therefore it lead to also having tobacco and cotton plantations. The most important thing Europe discovered in America was silver and a bit of gold it was the "heart of the empire".
As said before Americas social status declined after Europe started colonizing there especially after taking the natives as slaves to work in plantations and kicking them out of their own home. Not only were they forced to work in the plantations but they weren't paid well and were being tax. Also the arrival of Europe also introduced disease to the natives that not only had they never seen or experienced but did not have an antidote for therefore more than half of the natives died. The plantations weren't the...
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