The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange (old world, new world)

Did you know that some of the products we know and love today might not have ever made it to this continent? When Columbus began his explorations and inspired many others to do the same, he began this process of exchange. Items from the "old world" (Europe, Asia, Africa) began to show up in the "new world" (North and South America) and like wise items from the new world began being taken back to the old world.

Exchange between the old and new worlds!


Tomatoes are a new world product that make their way back to the old world. This exchange had a big impact on traditional foods on the European Continent, especially in the country of Italy. Today Italy is known for its pasta and pizza made with tomato sauce.