“Colón (Columbus) and his crew did not voyage alone. They were accompanied by a menagerie of insects, plants, mammals, and microorganisms.


“Colón (Columbus) and his crew did not voyage alone. They were accompanied by a menagerie
of insects, plants, mammals, and microorganisms. European expeditions brought cattle,
sheep, and horses, along with crops like sugarcane (originally from New Guinea), wheat (from
the Middle East), bananas (from Africa) and coffee (also from Africa)”
– From Charles C. Mann, historian, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. 2011.
How was the population of the Old World affected by the process Mann describes?
Choose 1
Population increased as new crops were introduced, improving diets and increasing life
expectancy
Population decreased as new crops were introduced, causing people to die from new allergies
Population decreased as new diseases like smallpox were introduced
Population increased as herbal cures found in the New World ed to address major diseases
in the Old World
no


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