Social Studies - 2019-20
WHII.4d - Columbian Exchange + Triangular Trade
The student will apply social science skills to understand the impact of the European Age of Exploration by
d) analyzing how competition for colonies changed the economic system of Europe;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The discovery of the Americas by Europeans resulted in an exchange of products and resources between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.
Western Hemisphere agricultural products, such as corn, potatoes, and tobacco, changed European lifestyles.
European horses and cattle changed the lifestyles of American Indians.
European diseases, such as smallpox, killed more than half of American Indians.
Impact of the Columbian Exchange
Shortage of labor to grow cash crops led to the use of African slaves.
Slavery was based on race.
The European plantation system in the Caribbean and the Americas destroyed indigenous economics and damaged the environment.
Export of precious metals
Gold and silver exported to Europe and Asia
Impact on indigenous empires of the Americas
Impact on Spain and international trade
Linked Europe, Africa, and the Americas
Slaves, sugar, and rum were traded
Gold, Glory, God
Vasco Da Gama
Old WorldWest Africa