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What is the impact of Christopher Columbus's voyages to the Americas?

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melyndac | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 12, 2009 at 3:19 AM via web

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What is the impact of Christopher Columbus's voyages to the Americas?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 12, 2009 at 9:38 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the impacts of Columbus' voyages to the new world was something called the "Columbian Exchange." This does not merely apply to Columbus, but to many of the explorers of the time period.  Essentially, the exchange took place between the European explorers and the indigenous people.  As many of the indigenous people to the explored regions offered insight into the land, assistance to the explorers after weary journeys, and natural resources of their areas, the explorers brought new diseases from Europe, introduced elements of subjugation to the civilizations, and took the natural resources for profit back in Europe.  This underscored one of the major impacts the Columbus brought to the New World, the merging of two worlds and the domination of one over the other.

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