Document-Based Question: The Columbian Exchange
Answer the questions below using the documents to support your answer.
Triangular trade between Europe, the Americas, and Africa brought about the exchange of plants, animals, and even diseases. This worldwide exchange has become known as the “Columbian Exchange,” named for Christopher Columbus. The basic elements of everyday life—from what people ate to whether they lived or died—changed forever on several continents.
Document 1:The diagram illustrates crops and diseases exchanged among continents.
Based on the diagram, which crops from Europe became important to the economy of the Caribbean?
In which direction did disease travel in the Columbian Exchange?
Document 2: Columbus’s Journal
Columbus kept a journal detailing his arrival in the Caribbean in 1492. This excerpt describes the first trades made with Native Americans.