The Atlantic World 1450 – 1750: How far did the Atlantic World change? Putting it into context… The Afro-Eurasian Network -Silk Road - Indian Ocean Trade -Trans-Saharan Trade American Trade -Regional - Stone Age -Meso-American hub Indian Ocean Hub - Chinese goods - Indian goods -Roman/Chinese -Arab/European traders The Big Themes… Trade – the great Catalyst… The Columbian Exchange Plants, animals, and micro-organisms of Afroeurasia were exchanged with those of the Americas across the oceans. The Middle Passage – Slavery Americas •European migration •Plantations •Economic dependence •Silver •Native depopulation. •Slavery •Multi-racial societies •Commercial Agriculture Europe •Population growth •Migrations – America •Capitalism •Technological development •Agriculture Africa •Migration - Slavery •Economic dependence •Depopulation •Gender imbalance •Agriculture Any continuities? Slavery had always been a part of the African economy and society. Europe remains ethnically homogenous. Traditional African culture, religion, society did continue. Traditional Native American culture, religion & society did continue.