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The Columbian Exchange

By Cave, Karen Carroll (NHC Education Digital Projects Coordinator, 2016–18)

The Columbian Exchange — the interchange of plants, animals, disease, and technology sparked by Columbus’s voyages to the New World — marked a critical point in history. It allowed ecologies and cultures that had previously been separated by oceans to mix in new and unpredictable ways. It was an interconnected web of events with immediate and extended consequences that could neither be predicted nor controlled.

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History / Education Studies / Age of Exploration / Columbian Exchange / Colonialism / Globalization / World History /