PictureColumbian Exchange
     After Christopher Columbus sailed the Atlantic and reached a new land, people desired to trade with the natives. People brought corn, tomatoes, and potatoes to Europe. Along with that, Europeans brought things like cattle, wheat, and coffee beans to the new world. This cultural diffusion is the Columbian Exchange. Also around this time, people began exploring other new things for religious purposes, wealth, and pride. This is also known as the Three Gs, or God, gold, and glory.
      The Columbian Exchange affected society in many ways, given that nearly all meals that we eat today use ingredients from the Old and New Worlds. Most foods that we consider European (pizza of Italy) or American (hamburgers of the U.S.) wouldn't have been around without the ideas and items of other countries. This exchange also spread new religious ideas from European missionaries. People also started forming plantations of these new crops. This led to the enslavement of natives and West Africans. Slavery was a method of working plantations until the late 1800s. 
      Exploration was and still is an important part of society. Because of the Islamic beliefs of many West Africans, the people of this region would travel to Mecca on a religious Hajj. This is an example of exploring for God, which would give people a new understanding of different lands. People also explore for gold and other riches. This is shown when Europeans traveled to West Africa to obtain gold and salt. People would also travel for glory in this time. The result of exploration could be anything from nations gaining new land, conquering tribes, obtaining riches, pride of getting somewhere, or religious benefits.
     Exploration's positive impacts on the world include finding the New World, getting new items like corn to trade with, and learning new religious ideas. One of the major negative impacts is starting plantations that led to the enslavement of natives in the New World.

Columbian Exchange exports/location map



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