Impact of the Columbian Exchange
The Columbian Exchange was the exchange of plants, animals, diseases, and technologies between the Old World and New World. Following Christopher Columbus’s encounter with the Americas in 1492, waves of Spanish conquistadors arrived. Their appearance ad interactions between the Old World and New World would bring dramatic changes. The Columbian exchange has impacted the Old World and New World in negative and positive ways. Negatives and positives the Old and New World impacted were society, economy, and politics.
The Columbian Exchanged impacted in many negative ways. In Document 1, Antonio Vazquez de Espinosa, a Spanish Priest explains the Potosi silver mine. Silver coins have been taken out, and does not count the great amount of silver taken secretly from mines to Spain, paying no twenty percent tax or registry fee, and to other countries outside Spain including the Philippines and China. Document 2 shows a line graph of the Old World Mexico’s estimated Native American Population of 1518 through 1593 had decreased tremendously in six years. The Native American population went from twenty-five million to two point four million. We People Here: Nahuatl Accounts of the Conquest Mexico from the University of California Press in document 4 tells that during 1575-1580 a sickness of pustules broke out. The Columbian Exchange was the cause of this sickness which began in Tepeilhuitl. Pustules were large bumps spread on people. Some could no long walk and many died of starvation since it extremely hurt to move. This is a negative impact because starvation reigned and no one took care of others any longer. Olaudah Equiano in document 9 was a slave of the Columbian Exchange and took place in the New World. He tells how the slaves were treated and traded. Equiano was freed from slaverly later one and wrote The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African.
There were many positive impacts of...
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