The Fur Trade : An Important Part Of The Political And Economic Development Of North America

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The fur trade began, as early 17th to 19th centuries; it was an important part of the political and economic development of North America. It offered a source of income and motivated searching of the continent that was significant to many early colonial industries. There were five countries involved in the Fur Trade in North America. These were England, Portugal, Holland, Spain and France. But by the late 17th century there were only France and England. As the market of beaver pelts in Europe grew, the fur trade became a more profitable trade than fishing and farming. The native peoples became involved in a global market because of the fur trade; they were the key to the development and continuation of the North America. According to R. M Maclver, the fur trade was a primary industry whose growth was a vital factor in the expansion of Canada. In 1578, when Europeans began navigating to Canada to explore and to fish, they found out that North American was a land that is rich in fur-bearing animals. North American became known of a new source of wealth because of the quality and quantity of beaver and other furs. This research paper studies the nature of the fur trade, the initiation of a cooperation between the English and French to the Aboriginal people, and the role of women in fur trade; the ecological ethnics, and how the fur trade affects and change the Native way of life. The ecological impact of the fur trade on the Aboriginal of North America demonstrates that the

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