Name ____________________________________ Date______________________________ Activity 3.6 Key Title: How Did the Exchange of Goods and Products Change the World? Source: Our Worldviews: Explore, Understand, Connect Key Words/Concepts Defined Meso-America: An area that ancient civilizations lived in stretching from central Mexico to Nicaragua. Author: Levin, Moline & Redhead Pages 112-113 Main Idea The exchange of products and goods during the ‘Age of Discovery’ changed the way people lived throughout the world. Write an article summary in your own words. Do not list facts. Give an overview. The exchange of products and goods during the ‘Age of Discovery’ changed the way people lived throughout the world. Europeans What are the facts? List at least five. gained the most from this trade as they got food like beans, corn and potatoes. All of these crops European exploration led to the exchange of foodstuffs, metals, plants, animals and diseases that affected economies and traditional way of lives of people around the world. became basic to European diets. The indigenous Europeans not only change the newly discovered land with their advanced technologies but were in fact changed by the products of the Americas like rubber, canoes and pharmaceutical plants. were confronted with epidemic disease that wiped An estimated 75 to 90 percent of indigenous populations were killed due to European epidemic diseases like smallpox, tuberculosis and measles populations of the Americas may have benefitted from gaining draught animals and advanced metal technologies but paid an ultimate price as they out nearly 90% of the inhabitants. List your questions (at least two). Did Europeans catch any indigenous diseases? What food stuffs did Europeans introduce to North Staple crops like corn and beans were and South America? exported to Europe from the Americas. It appears many foods were imported into Europe from the Americas in exchange draught animals and metal technologies were shipped from Europe. Reflect: What beliefs in the Western European worldview led to European imperialism over much of the world? Belief – The colonies and lands controlled by European countries were there to further the interests and increase the wealth of the controlling country. • European ethnocentrism promoted the belief that they were culturally and politically superior; had little regard for Indigenous peoples and their cultures. • Indigenous people did not follow the strict societal rules of European society and so were thought to be “barbarous”.