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Cultural Diffusion

Cultural diffusion is the spread of culture when one society contacts another. 

Some of the ways that this contact happens are:

  • war
  • trade
  • exploration

Geography greatly affects cultural diffusion:

Easier More difficult
rivers mountains
plains oceans


Cultural diffusion can have both positive and negative effects on both cultures. 

For example, when French explorers met new tribes in North America, they brought many new foods back to Europe but left smallpox with the natives...

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