Columbus and the Columbian Exchange short version

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Discuss legacy of Columbus. Who benefited? Was it good or bad?
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Columbus and the Columbian Exchange short version

  1. 1. Changes galore but was it good or bad?
  2. 2.  Born 1451 to an Italian wool merchant in Genoa  Studied mathematics, astronomy, cartography and navigation in Lisbon
  3. 3.  Columbus found funding for his plan to discover a western path to Asia from Spain after Portugal rejected it  Based on faulty calculation, he underestimated the circumference of the world. He thought Asia was 5000 miles away from Spain.
  4. 4.  Columbus’ motives were mostly monetary, with religion a close second.  When he failed to find gold or a lucrative trade route, he began collecting slaves: he believed that a trans-Atlantic slave trade would be quite lucrative.The Spanish monarchs outlawed this.  In 1500, he and his brothers were jailed for brutal governorship of Hispaniola. Released shortly later.  In 1502, he was marooned in Jamaica for one year  Died 1506
  5. 5.  His legacy is a mixed one  Some see him as the man who discovered the NewWorld  Others see his discovery causing destruction for Native Americans and the environment while Europeans extracted natural resources from these lands.  In time, the Columbian Exchange and the TriangularTrade began
  6. 6.  Cultural Diffusion  Religion, ideas, economies  Population Growth  In Europe, potato and corn help feed all people  In America, Native American decrease while African Americans, immigrants increase  In Africa, reduction due to slavery offset normal growth
  7. 7.  Spread of products all over the world  America to Europe ▪ Raw materials, cash crops, rum  Europe to America (and Africa) ▪ Manufactured goods, guns, diseases, domesticated animals, horses  Ecological Imperialism (on the Americas)  Gold and silver mining  Displace native plants for cash crops
  8. 8.  For Europeans?  For Colonists?  For NativeAmericans?  For AfricanAmericans?  For the Environment?  For theWorld Economy?

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