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The author Alfred Crosby gives wonderful detail into a realm that is not always explored the impact and affect over time of what happened when the Old World and the New World collided Many of the things Crosby discusses are not often shown in the content of high school history courses or something thought of as general knowledge The approach that Crosby takes towards the flora and fauna differences and the affects they had helped me to develop a more profound respect of the fragility of an ecosystem Two different worlds almost literally were joined and in doing so one was almost completely obliterated This also had to do with the area that the Old World found the New If they landed in northern Canada for instance Im sure that majority of the sheep for example would have rapidly died off Instead they end up in a warm temperate climate that would support this kind of rapid growth that was discussed The camel is a perfect example of an animal that didnt adapt well to the new climate Adaptation of course is the name of the game Perhaps the Europeans were lucky perhaps they understood what they were doing Once the Europeans found the climates they need the plants and animals adapted well There were snags too they could not find what they needed for the olive and the grape immediately that caused great frustrations However after the flora and fauna adapted many of the New Worlds weaker plants and animals became extinct They did not adapt in time to fight these new invaders off including the aborigines of the Americas I also believe that after reading this book that we truly only have a small picture of what happened Think about it if we know about the diseases and viruses that plagued the people of the New World we only know about the ones that affected humans to an extent One of
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