5.3: The Colombian Exchange
READ: Transatlantic Migration Patterns — The Voluntary and Involuntary Movement of People
The first movements of large groups of people across the Atlantic Ocean had numerous causes. Migrants were escaping religious and political persecution. Imperialistic nations were competing economically. Forced migration drove convicts and enslaved laborers. Whatever the reason, migration from Africa and Eurasia to the New World increased significantly beginning in the late fifteenth century. Created by World History Project.