When I first saw the link to this article, I almost passed on it assuming it was about outsourcing, NAFTA, Fareed Zakaria, capitalist Red China, or the plutonomy. What I found was a fascinating article that should be of interest to any history buff, alternate history geek, or world-builder.
Trade is an economic activity, but its greatest impact may be biological. Charles C. Mann on stowaway earthworms, far-flung potatoes and the world made by Columbus.
The Columbian Exchange and the Real Story of Globalization - WSJ.com
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