Columbian Exchange Cause and Effect

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The Columbian Exchange was the exchange of diseases, crops, and ideas between the Americas, the New World, and European countries, the Old World after Christopher Columbus’s expedition to the Americas. The causes for the Columbian Exchange are pretty obvious things. The Europeans wanted to explore the world, in doing so, they found new lands that held more riches for the Old World. These explorations soon became quests for expansions of religions, riches, and glory. The first people to colonize the Americas were the Spanish and the Portuguese. There were many good effects of the exchange, but equally, there were many bad. The good things were things like, economy change, blending of cultures, the choices of food expanded everywhere, and European culture changed the language and religion of Latin America. The bad things were things like the spread of diseases, slavery, and the increase of new weaponry in different countries. The Old World was not just Europe, but all of the Eastern countries. They gained a lot from the Columbian Exchange. The discovery of gold and silver are the best known. The Old World also gained new crops like potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize, and cassava, which became staple crops. Many other crops like tomatoes, peppers, cacao, and peanuts now have huge importance in lots of Old World countries, like Italy, Greece and other countries. Tobacco was also another highly important New World to Old World exchange. The exchange between the two Worlds also increased the availability of some crops to people of the Old World. Those crops being things like sugar and coffee. European countries also experienced loses. The explorers transported diseases to and from the Americas. Diseases that were transported to America were smallpox, measles, typhus, and cholera. The natives to America didn’t have any immunity for theses diseases and died quickly from them. The explorers brought syphilis back to Europe. Syphilis isn’t as deadly, but it did cause a lot...
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