Did European exploration and colonization have a more positive or negative impact on the world?

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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I will share the positive factors and the negative factors regarding the impact of European colonization and exploration. Then you will be able to decide if the impact was more positive or more negative.

European exploration and colonization had some positive impacts on the world. As a result of the European exploration and colonization, new travel routes were discovered. There was more trade as the Europeans traded with their colonies. Eventually, new products were developed to help improve transportation, communication, and living in general. The world was able to progress in many areas and in many ways as a result of the exploration and the colonization of the Europeans.

There were some negative impacts regarding the exploration and the colonization of the Europeans. The Europeans took land away from the people already living there. For example, many Native American tribes lost land when the Europeans arrived. The Europeans also brought diseases with them to which the native peoples had no immunities. Many died from these diseases. The Europeans also exploited the resources found in some of the lands they explored and colonized. This was especially true for some of the mineral resources.

There were both positive and negative impacts of the European exploration and colonization of different parts of the world. Based on this information, it is now time for you to decide.