the Atlantic World

Transformations in The Atlantic World When the exchange of people, plants, and animals began because of the Columbian exchange the new and old worlds underwent some serious change. Ideas, peoples, and goods were swapped between Western Europe, Africa, and the America through series of trade systems. The Atlantic trade system allowed more then just goods and slaves to be sent around all of the Atlantic world. The Columbian exchange and Atlantic trade system allowed both social and economic changes in the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa.

When the Columbian exchange first it started People, plants, animals and diseases were exchanged between the new world and the old world. The exchange of disease attacked and devistated the natives of the americas. The lose of so many natives, who were really more slaves then kind hosts to the visiting europeans, allowed room for slavery in the Americas. The slavery consisted of the production of new crops such as sugar cane and tabacco. With slavery brought to the americas it also allowed a large gap between social classes.

With so many europeans and slaves in the americas it allowed the growth of a plantocracy and a small class of free blacks and whites. In all the contact with Eurpoe and Africa effected the Americas socially with there new social division, but also economicly with the use of slaves and production of new crops like sugar and tabacco. After the establishment of colonies in the Americas, Western Europe began to change economicly by the establishment of new forms of government to run there colonies, and socially via the animals and goods brought to them.

All lands around the Atlantic were effected by the goods produced by the americas, but none so much as western Europe. The rate of sugar consumption for example double to fourteen pounds a year. Western Europe also had to devolpe new systems of government to run there colonies. when still young the Atlantic system needed investors to grow, and capitalism was the answer to that. Wealthy investors were able to invest into companies while getting back money from the Americas trade with other companies. Once the Atlantic system began it’s rapid grow mercantillism was promoted, which in itself promoted the trade of colonies with it’s mothernation.

Africa through out all of the trade in the Atlantic world didn’t do much more then simply trade there slaves for European goods. Africa kept there contacts to themselfs and the Islam world around them, and the Trans-Saharan trade they were also a part of. Africa really was only effected by the goods they took the Europeans, who even then they didn’t allow much control in there trade. Most europeans were simply in port for slaves and even then had little control over the prices they got salves for, the price for certain goods depended on where they were trading, because some places wanted goods more then others.

Socially, while, Africas didn’t go picking fights to take slaves to sell to the Europeans to sent to the Americas, many families were torn apart because of the African men taken and sold into Slavery. The Africas were effected by ecnomic changes via the slave trade because their kings got much wealth from the trade. Socially Africans suffured from the lose of their men to the slave trade. The Columbian exchange was the beginning of something big, it was the beginning of the Atlantic system. Through the Columbian exchange and Atlantic system many changes were experienced through out the Atlantic world.

The Americas were used to support there European mothernation, all on the power on slaves, but on the bright side they became socially mixed people. Europe profited from the pain of the slaves, and with there new forms of economy they were shot years ahead of the Americas or Africa in trade. Finally the Africas didn’t care as much for the Atlantic trade as they did for there Sub-Saharan trade, but profitted econmicly while their people suffered socially. All in all The Atlantic system and Columbian Exchanged allowed changes in the Americas, western Europe, and Africa which were both economicly or socially.