Columbian Exchange - New to Old World

When Columbus reached the Bahamas, in October of 1492, he started what is now known as “The Columbian Exchange.”

People who traveled to the “Old World” (in the Eastern Hemisphere) from the “New World” (in the Western Hemisphere)—and vice versa—transported plants, animals and diseases.

This exchange of cultural and biological organisms caused the world to become more similar. Today it is a more homogeneous place than it was in 1492 because of these Columbian-Exchange actions.

This image depicts domesticated plants which travelers brought from the “New World” to the “Old.” Starting at the top left, and moving clockwise, we see:

  • Maize (Zea mays )
  • Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum )
  • Potato (Solanum tuberosum )
  • Vanilla (Vanilla )
  • Pará rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis )
  • Cacao (Theobroma cacao )
  • Tobacco (Nicotiana rustica )

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Public-domain image online via Wikimedia Commons.


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