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Activity 3: The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange refers to the transcontinental movement of animals, foods, plants, and diseases after 1492.

Exploration 1: Origins of Plants

Identify where the following plants originated:

FRUITS:

  • apples
  • avocados
  • bananas
  • cacao (Source of Chocolate)
  • coffee
  • grapes
  • guavas
  • lemons
  • melons
  • olives
  • papayas
  • peaches
  • pears
  • pineapples
  • strawberries

 

GRASSES and FLOWERS:

  • barley
  • clover
  • daisies
  • dandelions
  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • oats
  • rice
  • sugar/sugarcane
  • wheat

MISCELLANOUS:

  • chicle (Source of Chewing Gum)
  • tobacco

VEGETABLES:

  • beans
  • corn
  • manioc
  • peanuts
  • peppers
  • potatoes
  • pumpkins
  • radish
  • squash
  • sweet potatoes
  • tomatoes
 

Exploration 2: Origins of Animals

Identify where the following animals originated:

  • horses
  • pigs
  • cattle
  • sheep
  • goats
  • chickens
  • turkeys
  • llamas
  • alpacas
  • guinea pigs
 

Exploration 3: Origins of Diseases

Identify where the following diseases originated:

  • smallpox
  • bubonic plague
  • syphillis
  • measles
  • chicken pox
  • malaria
  • yellow fever
  • influenza
  • the common cold

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