What are 3 good things about the Columbian Exchange? 

Among the good things about the Columbian exchange for New World inhabitants was the introduction of livestock from the Old World such as horses, cows, sheep, and pigs. The exchange of food plants between the Old World and the New World benefited both sides. The transfer of gold, silver, and other mineral wealth and the cultivation of cash crops such as tobacco was good only for the Old World.

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The term "the Columbian exchange" was first used by author Alfred W. Crosby in his 1972 book called The Columbian Exchange. It refers to the transfer between the Old World and the New World of people, animals, plants, ideas, technologies, and diseases. Obviously many of the effects of the Columbian exchange were negative, such as diseases, slavery, warfare, and the eradication of cultures. However, the Columbian exchange also had some positive consequences, sometimes for one side, sometimes for the other, and sometimes for both.

The introduction of various types of domestic animals from the Old World mainly benefited the inhabitants of the New World. For instance, horses helped the Indigenous peoples of the Americas in numerous ways. They helped on farms with plowing, and along with donkeys and mules served as efficient pack animals. Moreover, they radically changed the methods of hunting and warfare of the Native Americans of the Great Plains, leading to an entirely new and more prosperous way of life, at least until white pioneers intruded. Other Old World animals that provided food, hides, wool, and labor to inhabitants of the New World included oxen, cattle, sheep, and pigs.

The exchange of crops between the Old World and the New World benefited both sides. Among the many food plants imported to the Old World from the Americas were corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, squashes, pumpkins, peanuts, and tomatoes. Food plants that made their way from the Old World to the New World included rice, wheat, barley, rye, sugar cane, coffee, bananas, grapes, oranges, lemons, and other citrus fruits.

Among the benefits of the Columbian exchange to the Old World only were the transfer of mineral wealth and the opportunity for commerce with New World goods. Explorers, particularly from Spain, sent vast quantities of gold, silver, and precious gems back to their home country, making it a major power in Europe. In North America, tobacco became a lucrative cash crop that earned enormous revenues for its growers.

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The Columbian exchange was the exchange and trade of Old World items for New World items. The Old world was Europe, Africa and Asia and the New World was the Americas which Columbus discovered. In this exchange the Old World supplied livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, horses), grains (rice, wheat, barley, oats) and other items such as coffee beans, turnips, olives and onions to the new world; whilst the new world, the Americas, gave squash, potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, cacao (chocolate) and maize and other fruits and vegetables to Europe (the Old World).

Although the Columbian exchange had some adverse consequences such as the exchange of European diseases and the adverse ecological consequences of introducing livestock from Europe, there were a number of notably good things about the Columbian exchange

Three "good" things that emerged from the Columbian exchange from a European perspective was that (1) the potato rich in vitamins and minerals and easy to cultivate became a staple of the European diet and helped to make Europe famine-proof and led to its population growing (2) manioc (bread) in Africa also touched off the growth of the population there (3) sugar cane and rice drove the growth of the slave plantation economies in North and South America  and this had tremendous effect on Europe's wealth and spawned capitalism.

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When we talk about “good things about the Columbian Exchange” we have to ask from whose point of view we are looking at the issue.  Things that were good for the European settlers, for instance, might have been terrible for the Native Americans.  Let us look at three things that were good for one side or the other.

One good thing about the Columbian Exchange for Europeans is that it got them new kinds of foods.  Perhaps the most important of these were corn, tomatoes and potatoes.  By coming into contact with these foods, the Europeans were able to improve their diets.

A second thing that was good about the Exchange for the Europeans was the fact that their diseases killed off so many of the Native Americans.  It is terrible to say this, but the germs the Europeans carried with them helped to clear the way for them to take the land from the Native Americans, particularly in North America.

For the Native Americans, one possible good thing about the Columbian Exchange was the fact that they were introduced to horses.  This was a very good thing for many of the Plains Indians of North America.  Their lives became easier once they had been introduced to horses and had learned to use them.

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