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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson I: Old and New World Exchanges

Key Terms

Key Term Definition
Columbian Exchange the trade of goods, animals, diseases, and ideas between Europe and the Americas during colonization
indentured servitude usually consisting of adult European persons bound to labor for a period of years in the New World
New World a name for North and South America in relation to Europe, especially during the time of exploration and colonization of the Americas by Europeans
Old World a name for the three main continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe; the known world prior to global exploration
plantation system farming for the production of staple crops in the New World; occurring mostly in the Southern United States, Caribbean area, and Brazil
Transatlantic slave trade trading, primarily of African people, to the colonies of the New World


Directions: Practice using these key terms.


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