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The colombian exchange

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The colombian exchange

  1. 1. The Colombian Exchange By: Elizabeth Gonzalez
  2. 2. A little History • Christopher Columbus set sail in search of gold and spices but what he found was a land full of peoples with crops and animals never seen before. • There was an exchange of goods, primarily from the old to new world.
  3. 3. Beasts of Burden • The buffalo roamed free on the land until the buffalo hunt. 10 million were slaughtered for coats and rags. The Buffalo’s were replaced with horses. This allowed the Indians free time to concentrate on Art and Philosophy. • Cattle, ranching and gauchos became a tradition of the America’s, Argentina included. A new breed of cows were bred from Spanish and English cattle that created the longhorn. Cowboy’s were glorified in movies as being centered in the wild west but rarely were they seen herding cattle. • Wheat later replaced cattle.
  4. 4. The Andes and the Potato • The potato or “food of the poor” was seen in 100’s of variances. It was easy to grow due to the fact that it would grow on barely usable land. The potato became the distinction between life and death. It increased Population by the millions. • German’s were skeptic of the potato thinking it would cause illness and were ultimately tricked into eating it and liking it. • Irish famine of 1845 caused the death of 1 million and the migration to America (primarily Boston ) of another 1 million. The British government help came to late to save the destruction. • The influence of the Irish in Boston prompted developments in the Democratic party.
  5. 5. Slaves and the Caribbean • Sugarcane was grown by enslaved imported Africans • They would work 12-18 hours a day, and produce 6-10 tons per day. • Had the highest mortality rates, and a high death rate. • Nigeria lost millions of people in slave trade.
  6. 6. Slaves and the Caribbean • Sugarcane was grown by enslaved imported Africans • They would work 12-18 hours a day, and produce 6-10 tons per day. • Had the highest mortality rates, and a high death rate. • Nigeria lost millions of people in slave trade.

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