SECTION 3 HISTORICAL THINKING PROMPTS

European Exploration, Perception of the Other, and the Columbian Exchange 

How did the Columbian exchange link worlds?

  1. Using the scholarly and primary sources, discuss the positive and negative impacts of the Columbian exchange. What kinds of exchanges occurred? How did this affect the populations of the receiving civilization?
  2. Use supporting details and lines from the primary and scholarly sources to discuss why the Europeans introduced Old World foods to the New World (consider issues of cultural identity, health, and economic benefit). How did the native populations respond to these introductions? How was this introduction related to the Atlantic slave trade?