This afternoon the seventh grade wrapped up their study of the Columbian Exchange in social studies with a festive lunch consisting of food choices inspired by the transfer of plants and animals related to Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World.
These food choices included dishes that were specific to the New World or the Old World, as well as a few that were a mix.
“The Columbian Exchange was the widespread transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, technology, and ideas between the Americas and the Old World in the 15th and 16th centuries, related to European colonization and trade after Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage. Invasive species, including communicable diseases, were a byproduct of the Exchange. The changes in agriculture significantly altered and changed global populations. However, the most significant immediate impact of the Columbian Exchange was the cultural exchanges and the transfer of people between continents. Furthermore, a byproduct of the Columbian Exchange was the Atlantic slave trade, where as many as 12.5 million enslaved African people were forcibly transferred as a labor source to other regions.” -Wikipedia