The commercial revolution in Europe was a fascinating time to observe. It set most of the trends of the modern period and helped to shape the future. The commercial revolution brought about many new changes in the modern period like biological exchanges, a major impact on work and large empires that are based on guns and artillery. All of these things shaped the new trends that many major civilizations would follow during the modern era.
The commercial revolution brought about many ideas about biological exchange between civilizations. The Americas were included in the global trade between all the civilizations, foods from the Americas were traded around the world like corn and potatoes. Other civilizations would begin to grow these crops such as Asia and Europe. The new foods from the Americas resulted in a huge increase in population in both of these continents. Europe gave new disease into the Americas and the Pacific islands, which would wipe out a large number of people from these areas. This population lost created new migrations to the Americas from other continents like Africa and Europe. Animals were also exchanged during this time period, horses was a huge exchange in the Americas because it made transportation faster and easier. Based on this trade there was a huge increase in populations around continents and also a huge increase of death because of the diseases that were being exchanged.
Another trend that the commercial revolution set for the modern era was the pressure to work harder. In the early modern world it was commercial and crowded. An increase in population in regions brought about a demand for more workers to help sustain villages and families. A plethora of manufacturers and land owners tried to force their workers to work at a faster pace and do more work. In the Americas a new form of race slavery was created to work harder on production of general goods, and agriculture. In Europe Protestants preached that hard...
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