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Chapter 4: Old World Meets New World: Introduction

Chapter 4: Old World Meets New World: Introduction

There was a time when Europeans had no idea that the Americas existed. Their understanding changed after European explorers returned from the Americas with stories of new lands, people, animals and plants.

Europeans began calling these lands the New World. But this part of the world was only new to Europeans. People had been living here for thousands of years.

It was only after a matter of time before people in the Old World and the New World would experience challenges and exchanges.