September 24nd, 2014 Bianca Teixeira Conquest, Exploration and Exchange Essay
The conquest of the New World by Europeans had both positive and negative affects for both the conquered peoples and the Europeans. Although the Exploration benefited many people, it negatively affected the people in the New World enormously. Christopher Columbus decided to travel to the New World where he thought he has discovered Asia when in reality he had reached what is today the Bahamas. It was only acceptable for Columbus to assume his discovery due to his lack of knowledge of geography. After his discovery, there were various exchanges occurring with goods, diseases, and slavery. Due to the exploration of the New World, there were a few positives that came out of this conquest. Firstly, the New World received chickens, rice, rye, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and more. “Both New and Old Worlds gained from the Columbian Exchange, but the New World gained more because its plant and animal species had been diverse.” One of the most important things that were exchanged during this time was tobacco. Tobacco was introduced to the Old World, which was something that created a massive change in their culture. Another positive outcome from the Columbian exchange was the impact it had on navigation and missionary activity. Discovering the New World allowed the explorers to aspire to further their knowledge in technology and because of this advances occurred. They improved the aspect of the compass, and now used better tools to help them measure latitude and longitude. Because of the exploration to the New World, there were many advantages to their discoveries and they changed the way of life of both Worlds. Although there were plenty of advantages from the Columbian exchange, the negative results overpowered the good of the cause. Not only was their slavery involved with the exchanges, but...
Bibliography: Greene, Thomas. "The Columbian Exchange And The Reversal Of Fortune." 27 (2007): 92-93.
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