AP World History : Migration, Settlement, and Demography 1450 to 1750

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Example Question #81 : Migration, Settlement, And Demography

What happened to the global population in the century after the arrival of Europeans in the Americas?

Possible Answers:

It remained static, as warfare and disease negated the impact of natural population growth

It rose slightly primarily due to the wealth and raw resources being shipped to Europe and Asia

It declined slightly, due to the enslavement and forced genocide of the native population of the Americas and Africa

It rose significantly as new crops were exchanged between continents

It declined dramatically, due to the transfer of infections diseases between previously isolated populations

Correct answer:

It rose significantly as new crops were exchanged between continents

Explanation:

Although the arrival of Europeans led to widespread death and destruction in the Americas, the global population still rose significantly in this time period. This was caused by the exchange of native crops between the Old World and the New World. Crops like potatoes and corn, which were native to the Americas, could be used to sustain the population in unexpected parts of the world -like Ireland or Eastern Europe.

Example Question #82 : Migration, Settlement, And Demography

The Spanish were the first Europeans to settle in which of these modern-day American states?

Possible Answers:

Florida

Virginia

New York

Massachusetts

Alaska

Correct answer:

Florida

Explanation:

The Spanish were the first European settlers to settle in Florida. The Spanish colony of Florida was one of the earliest European colonies in the New World. It was established by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.

Example Question #11 : Migration, Settlement, And Demography 1450 To 1750

Who was the first European to reach Australia and New Zealand?

Possible Answers:

Marco Polo 

Amerigo Vespucci 

James Cook 

Christopher Columbus 

Charles Darwin 

Correct answer:

James Cook 

Explanation:

James Cook, who was born in England and lived from 1728 until 1779, was the first European to reach Australia as well as New Zealand and Hawaii on his ship the HMS Bark Endeavor. He mapped large portions of the Pacific Ocean, including the eastern coastline of Australia and the entirely of the New Zealand coast.

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