Columbian Exchange for kids


    PictureThe Columbian Exchange was a time when there was global transfer of foods, plants, and animals during the colonization of the Americans.  Many ships brought back items that Europeans, Asians, and Africans had never seen.  There were many different types of food and animals traded during this time.  While people were out at sea, potatoes and corn were essential for them to survive.  Since they were in the middle of the sea, corn and potatoes were an inexpensive and supplied a good source of vitamins. During this time, Native Americans took an epic hit with so many people coming in and out of their country.  Native Americans were exposed to things that they never faced.  Some diseases were smallpox and measles, influenzas, typhus, malaria, and diphtheria that led to many deaths.