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PLANTS AND DISEASES IN THE WESTERN WORLD In 1215 a man named Marco Polo embarked on a journey towards Western Asia and China His reason for going to Asia was to gain spices silks and other luxurious items only the Asians made Along his journey Polo soon realized that the Earth was larger than he thought and that there must be some easier way to get to china Not too long after his journey the Ottoman Turks conquouered Constantinople Constantinople present day Istanbul is the city in Turkey that divides Eastern Europe from Western Asia Constantinople which was previously held by European Christians was a major port and trading center for the Europeans It was also a major turnpike in the only safe route to Asia Basically the only way one could get to Asia was through Constantinople Since the Ottoman Turks held this city and charged outrageous prices on goods another route to Asia was sought out by the Europeans Vasco De Gamma found a water route around Africa to get to Asia But it was Christopher Columbuss choice in a water route to Asia that changed the world forever Columbus sailed west along the Atlantic to get to Eastern Asia However Columbus did not know there was a HUGE landmass blocking him from Asia This landmass was North and South America Columbus landed on Barbados and brought with him some fellow sailors food and a few personal items However Columbus did not know that by landing on Barbados he would create a European frenzy to conqueror the New World By the 1700s Europeans accomplished this goal They accomplished this goal with the help of thousands of Europeans with guns and the help of foreign organisms and diseases If these organisms and diseases did not sack the Natives the way they did maybe today we would be speaking a Native language instead of English The very first organisms
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