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Blindfold or No Blindfold?

September 11, 2011

The Columbian Exchange was a dramatically widespread exchange of animals, plants, culture, human populations (including slaves), communicable disease, and ideas between the Eastern and Western hemispheres (Old World and New World). It was one of the most significant events concerning ecology, agriculture, and culture in all of human history. Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the Americas in 1492 launched the era of large-scale contact between the Old and the New Worlds that resulted in this ecological revolution, hence the name “Columbian” Exchange. The term was coined by Alfred W. Crosby, a historian, professor and author, in his 1972 book The Columbian Exchange.

Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida,

for the love of three oranges

 no bananas in Ecuador, no paprika in Hungary,

now "only" $12 per kilo in Australia!

no tomatoes in Italy, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii,

Ham and pineapple pizza......nom nom nom

no rubber trees in Africa, no cattle in Texas, no donkeys in Mexico,

No comment

 no chili peppers in Thailand and India, no cigarettes in France,

Mild, ultra-mild, regular, menthol, low-tar, lone star

………….. and no chocolate in Switzerland.

 

There's a bear in there, and a chair as well. There are people with games and stories to tell. Open wide, come inside. It's Play School.

Image Sources
Oranges ~ porridgelegs.blogspot; bananas ~ bilbo.economicoutlook.net; pizza ~ centrestatefoods.com.au; donkey’s arse ~whoreallycares; blind seer ~ my.opera.com; toblerone ~ deceptology.com
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