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Columbian Exchange

December 20, 2012

Lake Shore seventh-grade students recently studied and experienced a unique chapter in history. Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the Americas in 1492 launched the era of large scale contact between the old and new worlds that resulted in an ecological revolution called the "Columbian" exchange. After learning about the "Columbian Exchange" in their social studies classes, the students were asked to bring in a recipe including ingredients brought to our country as a result of his arrival in the United States. The entire seventh-grade class at Lake Shore Middle School, along with more than 50 parents and family members, recently gathered to celebrate the widespread exchange of animals, plants, culture and human population. Family members were invited to join the students for lunch and join them in sampling the various foods that were a result of trade established during this important era.

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