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Columbian exchange

The name given to the exchange of animals, diseases, knowledge, people and plants between the West and East Atlantic, after the voyages of Christopher Columbus.

In food terms these included such basics as capsicum peppers, chocolate, potatoes, sweet corn (maize) and tomatoes from west to east and bananas, cabbage, cattle, citrus fruits, grapes, pigs, olives, sheep, sugar cane and wheat from the Old to New Worlds. See 'Columbus, Christopher'

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