where and when did the earliest direct contact between Europeans and Americans probably occur? What, if anything, resulted from the contact?  From A People's history of the United states by howard...

where and when did the earliest direct contact between Europeans and Americans probably occur? What, if anything, resulted from the contact?

 

From A People's history of the United states by howard zinn

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Contact probably occured on the island of Mamana (present day Haiti and The Dominican Republic) in the eastern Caribbean between Columbus and the Arawak Indians.

This is probably the most important single event in recorded human history as it started the era of the Columbian Exchange:

  • European diseases killed 50-90% of the native population in the America's, leaving the survivors weak and unable to resist Spanish and Portugese imperialism
  • American foods worked their way around the world:  the potato to Ireland, the tomato to Italy, etc
  • too many more to miss

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