AP U.S. History Exam 2.6. Prior to the passage of the Navigation Acts, how did the Atlantic exchange impact the colonies?
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All right, and the question:
Prior to the passage of the Navigation Acts,
how did the Atlantic exchange impact the colonies?
And here are your potential answers.
Colonists were really sailing along thanks to
the Atlantic exchange of goods, but the Navigation Acts
charted a whole new financial course
for colonial merchants. Prior to the passage
of these acts, did the Atlantic exchange impact the colonies
because A - it encouraged the use of indentured servants?
Well, actually, the Atlantic exchange opened up
the African slave trade, reducing dependence on
indentured servants. That pushes A off the map.
Did the Atlantic exchange affect the colonies because
B - it allowed easy access to goods from Asian trade markets?
Well, the Atlantic exchange didn't quite make it to Asian markets.
But it did open up trade throughout Europe and Africa,
allowing all kinds of resources to flow between cultures.
So that's an embargo on B and C, good-bye.
Which means the Atlantic exchange impacted the colonies because
D - it stimulated economic growth and changed labor systems.
These trade routes really juiced local economies by
opening up new labor markets.That is, until the Navigation Acts
came along and started cramping their style.
So D is the correct answer.
The Navigation Acts were the first of many restrictive laws
that steered colonists toward independence.
And once that ship had sailed, well, it was all but sink or swim.
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