The birth of global exchange consisted of the sharing of everything a country is made of: raw and finished goods, language, religions, peoples, agriculture, other items.
Results were colonialism, cultural fusion, and growth of most.
Europe was the Middle man trying to get a ticket on the Asian train, trying to enter trade gain wealth. They had spend a lot of time dealing with themelves and wanted to turn outward. China on the other hand had turned inward, noting it's internal power later we will see how "china becomes a victim of it's own success."
China, Africa, and India were in the lead financially or influentially for a while. Europe got a foot hold in the Slave trade which would later effect each involved greatly. Weakening Africa and strengthening Europe and the Americas.
The Americas benefited by having cheap labor to help them produce more goods (sugar, etc) to sell
This age was the Birth of Global Echange