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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

As DevSolar mentioned in his comment, this really depends on how you define 'major', but here are several case of migrants moving from the New to the Old World. From the Caribbean to Europe ...
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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

Yes, there has been. As this infographic shows, there has been a back-migration of the DNA haplogroups C1a and A2a from North America (well, Beringia...) back into Asia. The infographic is sourced ...
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Did any European ever witness a major Inca religious festival?

Cristóbal de Molina, a young Spanish priest, witnesses in 1535 the Inca celebration of the maize harvest: On a platform Indians were throwing meats into a great fire. At another place the Inca ...
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Did any European ever witness a major Inca religious festival?

Garcilaso de la Vega, a Spanish-Peruvian chronicler in the Viceroyalty of Peru(then Spanish-held) recounted several aspects of Incan life and tradition. His most famous works include Historia de la ...
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Why didn't the Moroccans try to explore and conquer the New World?

I believe I found the answer in Wikipedia's article on the Marinid dynasty; quite simply the dynasty was in decline from the 13th century; in the 15th century (OP's reference period), the decline was ...
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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

In addition to Lars Bosteen's answer about modern migration, several hundred thousand South American people have migrated to Spain in the last decades, and Brazilians have became the largest group of ...
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Were there any crops and livestock common to both the Old and New Worlds prior to the Columbian exchange?

Cotton As far as crops are concerned, I would say that Cotton is certainly one of the best candidates. Although the species are different, in both the old and the new world, different civilizations ...
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Why didn't the Moroccans try to explore and conquer the New World?

Citing Ezad Azraai Jamsari / Mohamad Zulfazdlee Abul Hassan Ashari, The Marinid Naval Force According to Historical Perspective (Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 5 No. 29 | Doi:10.5901/...
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Did any Native Americans adopt a script from Europe (before being assimilated)?

First off, yes you are wrong. Some kind of long-term record-keeping seems to be a common requirement for civilized people, so both the Maya and the Inca developed something pre-contact. I personally ...
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How significant was the Fall of Constantinople as an event leading to the Age of Exploration?

The Fall of Constantinople had a negligible effect on the launching of the Age of Discovery, school textbooks notwithstanding. It was well under way a generation earlier, due to the perfection of the ...
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Did the treasure ship Cortes first sent from Mexico ever arrive in Spain?

Did it, after all, arrive in Spain and deliver its treasure to King Charles? Yes, but... It wasn't exactly a treasure ship. Not like the treasure ships that would come later. It was more of a down-...
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Were there any crops and livestock common to both the Old and New Worlds prior to the Columbian exchange?

Dogs were common to both the Americas and the old world, since at least some of the prehistoric ancestors of American Indians brought dogs with them from Asia. The plains Indians used travois pulled ...
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What is the corruption that John Winthrop mentions in "Reasons for the Plantation in New England" (1628)

The key to answering this is to understand that Winthrop was a Puritan with a Puritan's view of corruption. Like most members of the Colony, Winthrop was a Puritan. This group claimed that the Church ...
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Did the people who initiated the trans-Atlantic slave trade think they were doing something new?

Slavery in Americas didn't appear in United States in the 18th century; it originates much earlier in Spanish and Portuguese colonies. So we should look whether slavery existed in Christian Iberian ...
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Around the time of Columbus, were there other failed attempts?

England The city of Bristol was the hub of English expeditions into the Atlantic. Several voyages were launched from her harbours, the second largest in England, around the time of Columbus. Bristol'...
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Were there any crops and livestock common to both the Old and New Worlds prior to the Columbian exchange?

Barley is another example. Barley of the Old World and the Little barley of the New World are different species but the same genus, hordeum. From the abstract in N. Mueller et al. "Growing the ...
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What's the difference between Country Born and Mulatto people in the 18th century New England?

I assume the table you have been given is taken from A Prince among Pretending Free Men: Runaway Slaves in Colonial New England Revisited. If so, that table appears as Table 3 on page 98: African ...
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How significant was the Fall of Constantinople as an event leading to the Age of Exploration?

It had a significant effect. It was not just Constantinople itself that was important but several other strategic areas as well. Constantinople was a key trading center on both the northern and ...
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How did Europeans really conquer the Americas?

This is a huge question, one that cannot possibly be covered entirely in a single answer on a website. However, the three points you listed in your question can be addressed, and I've tried to do so ...
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What is the corruption that John Winthrop mentions in "Reasons for the Plantation in New England" (1628)

The Protestant Reformation was presented as a reaction to the hypocrisy, worldliness, and corruption of the Catholic Church, but that wasn't good enough for Puritans like Winthrop. He considered that ...
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Did Portuguese fisherman visit New England prior to 1492?

While it would be hard to disprove an early Portuguese presence in New England, it seems unlikely. One could argue that 16th century fisherman don't often leave behind a wealth of evidence, but ...
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Why did not Spain manage to keep any colonial possessions in the new world?

As observed above, the only American colonies Spain did not lose to independence movements were Cuba and Puerto Rico, which it lost in the Spanish-American War. Worth noticing is the fact that Cuba ...
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Why didn't the Moroccans try to explore and conquer the New World?

From the 15th to 20th centuries, the Moroccans had a love-hate relationship (but mostly the former) with the Ottoman Empire. For most of that period, they could get trade goods from India and the rest ...
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Did any Native Americans adopt a script from Europe (before being assimilated)?

The question is a bit confusing, so I'll give two answers and hope one of them works... First, there have been a couple of instances AFTER contact that Native Americans (or, sometimes, missionaries) ...
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Were there efforts made in the 19th century to inoculate the natives against smallpox?

In 1803 the Balmis Expedition set sail from Spain to perform a vaccination campaign in Spanish America and China. Its final report did claim that in its three years it vaccinated about 100,000 people....
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Has there ever been a major migration from the New World to the Old World? If not, why?

Horses evolved on the North American landmass, emigrated across the Bering land bridge, then went extinct in the Americas.
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Did Taíno natives ever work Spanish galleons?

I've checked the Spanish primary sources and according to Alonso Peña Montenegro (1596-1688), Itinerario paraparochos, the Taínos were employed as carenadores (repairers of the hull), taking them in ...
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