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        The Effects of the Columbian Exchange

        Learn about the Columbian Exchange, the movement of plants, animals, and disease between the Americas and the rest of the world, in these video segments from Chronoscope: Exploring 1492: “Columbian Exchange." The positive and negative consequences of the Exchange became clear almost immediately. People on both sides reveled in new foods and animals that made their lives richer and easier, but suffered as well when old ways of life were disrupted.

        The Exchange Begins

        This video segment adapted from Chronoscope: Exploring 1492, “Columbian Exchange” begins the story of the Columbian Exchange with the horses that Columbus brought to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in 1493.

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        The Effects of the Exchange

        This video adapted from Chronoscope: Exploring 1492, “Columbian Exchange” shows how the European horse was introduced to Native Americans of the Great Plains and changed their way of life by making buffalo hunting much easier and safer.

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        The Problems of the Columbian Exchange

        This video adapted from Chronoscope: Exploring 1492, “Columbian Exchange” shows how the potato, first grown in the Andes, was taken to Europe and became the main food source of the poor.

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        Funder: Early funding for Inspiring Middle School Literacy was provided by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation.
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