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The Columbian Exchange was a widespread exchange of animals, plants, culture, human populations, communicable disease, technology and ideas between the Natives and Europeans following the voyage to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492. Some technological advances happened in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The most notable changes were in the written alphabet, New farming capabilities, New Firearm and Weapon Capabilities and Architectural Ingenuity. The written alphabet was introduced to natives due to having no formal written language. Europeans knew that inquiring this to them would establish relations by way of treaty would be tough and hard to develop and this would help break down communication barriers and in the long run integrate cultures. Trying to convert natives to Christianity was also part of why they were teaching them how to read and write. In a social Darwinism sense, Europeans believed that Christians were above the barbaric natives and when two types of people have something like religion in common, they are more likely to succeed in whatever they were doing together. Religion was a major technological advancement because Europeans believed they were educating and changing natives for the better. Europeans held Christianity to the highest standard in social importance, and considered conversion an evolution and is a key step in the movement of the Columbian exchange. New farm equipment like a plow was seen to ignite the New World economy and improved health on a long term basis. It was highly important because it cultivated large areas of land creating a surplus of plants for both Natives and Europeans. Animals such as horses and oxen would pull the plows across the land and helped cultivate more land at one time. The vast farming land and rich soil were transformed into crop fields, which lead them to…...

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