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The Columbian Exchange
The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching The Columbian Exchange Teacher Pass


Teaching The Columbian Exchange Teacher Pass includes:

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions

  1. Environment in the Columbian Exchange
    • Historian Alfred Crosby argues that Columbus and other European explorers re-knit the torn “seams of Pangaea.” Exactly what does he mean?
    • What were the most significant achievements and liabilities each continent introduced to the other?
    • Why did the ecological factors surrounding the re-connecting of the continents favor the Old World? Is there any irony in this?
    • What if the pattern of exploration was reversed? What if the “New World” discovered and attempted to colonize the “Old?” Assuming they had the technology to launch this effort, could the people of the western hemisphere have succeeded in such an attempt?