The Columbien Echange

The food Imported from the New World


.Throughout Southern Europe, the tomato was quickly accepted into the kitchen, yet as it moved north, more resistance was apparent.Probably the first tomatoes came from what today is Peru, and wild tomatoes can still be found in the Andes. By the time the conquistadors came to Central and South America, there was widespread cultivation of tomatoes, though there’s much debate about where tomatoes were first raised and about exactly how they made their way north to Mexico.he explorers who invaded Mexico in the sixteenth century found, in addition to treasure of silver and gold, a vegetable treasure in the form of a new fruit, unknown in Europe, which the Mexican Indians called tomati.They thought sufficiently well of this fruit to take samples back to the Old World, and the name they took into the Spanish and Portuguese languages was tomate (three syllables).

Native American Smallpox  Sickness

Small Pox To The Natives

  1. Native peoples of America had no immunity to the diseases that European explorers and colonists brought with them. Diseases such assmallpox, influenza, measles, and even chicken pox proved deadly to American Indians. Europeans were used to these diseases, but Indian people had no resistance to them.

The European invasion

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set upon his journey to the Far East, but ended up reaching a "new and untamed" land. His first and previous journey set into motion a chain of other explorers and journeys. This period, rightly named The Age of Discovery, brought about riches to the European countries that exploited the new world, but also had a huge impact on the Native American cultures of this time. Such factors as disease, loss of territory, and loss of culture, destroyed whole culture and nearly ruined others.

The Food That The Natives Traded

The avocado is native to the area stretching from the eastern and central highlands of Mexico through Guatemala to the Pacific coast of Central America. There is evidence that avocados have been utilized in Mexico for 10,000 years. The Spanish Conquistadors were the first Europeans to discover the fruit, native to the Americas, which the indigenous people of Mexico, Central America and South America had been using for thousands of years. Martin Fernandez De Encisco wrote the first published account of the fruit in 1519, announcing its existence to Europe.