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Tuesday, April 13 • 8:05am - 5:00pm
How the Columbian Exchange Changed the Diet of Europeans and Fueled the Industrial Revolution

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My project is on how the Columbian exchange changed the diets of Europeans and fueled the Industrial Revolution. Many of the common foods eaten today in Europe were not available to Europeans living before the advent of the Columbian exchange in 1492. Crops such as potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, maize, tobacco, coco, and coffee are native to the Americas and were only introduced to Europeans after 1492. These foods- such as tomatoes and potatoes- are foods that most modern people view as staples of European diets. However, they did not exist in Europe until the 16th century. In fact, both potatoes and tomatoes were actually welcomed with suspicion when they were first introduced to Europeans. It was not until the late 18th century that potatoes were enthusiastically included in European diets, and it was not until tomatoes became popular in the United States that they became a popular foodstuff in Europe. The adoption of crops from the Columbian exchange led to a more robust European population. Europeans were better nourished and experienced less incidences of starvation. This also significantly facilitated the start and continuation of the Industrial Revolution. In my presentation, I will also talk about why I am incorporating this paper in my digital portfolio.


Haley Schott

English (BA)

Tuesday April 13, 2021 8:05am - 5:00pm EDT
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