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For their part, native Americans introduced Europeans, Africans, and agent to new foods, customs, and ideas. After 1492, elements of native American ways of life gradually spread around the world. Sadly, disease also spread from the Americans to Europe and other parts of the world. Native Americans introduced Europeans to valuable food crops such as corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, manioc, squash, peanuts, pineapples, and blueberries. Today, almost half the worlds food crops come from plants that were first grown in the Americas. Europeans carried the new foods with them as they sell around the world. Everywhere peoples diets changed and populations increased. In south Asia, people used American hot peppers and chilies to spice stews. Chinese peasants began growing corn and sweet potatoes. Italians made sauces from tomatoes. People in west Africa grew manioc and corn. Based on this excerpt from the text, what impact did the native Americans ultimately have on the rest of the world ? A. Their food was in high demand and brought great wealth to the Americas. B. Their exposure to European disease eventually cause a serious decline in the global population. C. Their crops allowed Europeans to take longer voyages in order to explore more distant lands. (D.) Their crops influence peoples diets in many different regions around the world.

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