Essay #1 (CCOT)
The Atlantic world, including America, Europe and Africa went through some changes and some continuities when they came in contact with among Europe from 1492-1750. Spanish and Portugal explorers brought new diseases the natives were not immune to when they arrived in the Americas resulting in serious population loss. The use of slaves was also a change among the natives and the Europeans. The Europeans started to trade with the Islam Empire, India, Africa, and now the Americas. During this time period, African Slave Trade prospered, as part of a larger economic transformation at this time called the Triangular Trade Network. And as a result, the Atlantic World was not only influenced but also became dependent on other places around them. Although there were some changes, the concept of Europeans being superior to natives still remained within the Americas when the Europeans came to the Americas wanting to change the natives’ ways because they thought it was not good enough.
Social transformations occurred in the Americas due to these interactions. When the Spanish came to the Americas, they brought many deadly diseases. Diseases from the Spanish were mainly brought by conquistadors during the Reconquista. Humans infections were transmitted for the first time worldwide, from Africa and Eurasia to the Americas. The Natives had no immunity towards the diseases unlike the Europeans. They brought diseases such as chicken pox, measles, and small pox. The diseases were very fatal among Europeans but deadly towards those in the Americas. Before their arrival, there was an estimated population of fifty million but after a hundred years of their arrival, the population dropped to about eight million. With the loss of population also came a shortage of labor. There were less people to work on the lands and as farmers which meant a shortage of crops and food decimated even more of the population.
Economic changes were present as well....
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