Educator Resources for Columbian Exchange

Talk about East meets West! In this BrainPOP history movie, Tim and Moby map out the world-changing effects of the Columbian Exchange. Learn how Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage opened up a new era of contact between the eastern and western hemispheres. Discover which livestock, food crops, people (including slaves), and diseases (like smallpox) made their way across the Atlantic Ocean, in each direction. And explore the long-term effects of this ecological swap on the inhabitants of the Old World and the New World--like how it reduced famine in Europe, but also led to the rise of the African slave trade.