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Columbian Exchange Essay Perhaps one of the most prominent features of global expansion and exploration that occurred during the path of recorded history was the many exchanges that occurred among civilizations where anything ranging form religious ideals technology to various forms of cultural diffusion occurred Unlike previous global exchanges that occurred among civilizations before the 16th and 17th centuries the Columbian Exchange as it became to be known set the standard for further consequences of exchanges that were to follow on a totally new global scale never seen before The demographic economic and geographic factors present in the Columbian exchange were on another level that that seen previously In the process of the heyday of the imperialist western expansion that boomed during the 16th and 17th centuries the process known as the Columbian Exchange began to take place What made this seemingly harmless western outreach so important in the influence of further history is the truly global scale that the exchange took place For example one of the primary items that was exchanged albeit harmlessly was the European diseases that came with the explorers to the New Land Although this would seem on the exterior harmless enough this transaction of disease would wreak havoc on the Native population as they had no form of immunity against the diseases to the likes of smallpox etc Because of the introduction of these diseases whole flourishing civilizations were wiped out This is similar to what happened to Europe when the Mongols through the trade networks established by them began the spread of the bubonic plague through out Europe Some estimations placed the destruction as that as high as 80 percent of the population was wiped out With the beginning of the Columbian exchange as well there existed a fundamental change in the way that the indigenous populations of Native America viewed the European explorers Instead of viewing the explorers as normal human beings they viewed the conquistadors
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