A Changing World

The discovery of America, and that of the passage to the East Indies by the Cape of Good Hope, are the two greatest events recorded in the history of [human] kind”—Adam Smith, in The Wealth of Nations, 1776. Think about why he and many other notables supported this statement, especially concerning the discovery of America. What was so important about this New World across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe? How did it change globalization in terms of trade, culture, societies, innovations, old and new world exchanges, and in other ways?

Part 1:
1. Write a thesis statement that is one to two (1-2) sentences long in which you:

State your thesis on how the discovery of America changed the world. Justify your response.

2. Write a one to two (1-2) page outline in which you:

Determine three (3) major aspects that demonstrate Old and New World exchanges.
List five (5) specific groups that were affected by this event. Provide two (2) examples for each cohort describing how they were affected.
List five (5) ways that the creation of new global trade routes affected the occupations and lifestyles of the average working American in the colonies.



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