The Trade Of The Fur Trade

1336 Words May 5th, 2015 6 Pages
The Fur trade flourished in the beginning of the 1600’s and prospered until the mid-1800. Some of the most valuable items in the fur trade consisted of hats and pelts made from beaver. But what caused the fall of the fur trade and why are furs and pelts no longer viewed as valuable as they were hundreds of years ago. The act of trapping and skinning the fur from wild game is a lost art form which still thrives in remote areas but not in most places like it did over 200 years ago. If the fur trade was never introduced to North America and the people who inhabited it, then the U.S. and Canada would not be the countries they are today, and would not have developed the trading posts that existed along the entire Mississippi river, which allowed for new arriving Europeans to colonize. The fur trade all began between the Native Americans and the Europeans in the early 1500’s, the earliest amongst the Europeans being France. The French would offer the Native Americans goods such as knifes, kettles and other goods to establish a good relationship with the natives. The Native Americans began to give pelts in return, and this is where a huge demand for fur began by the Europeans. Before trade was done in the interior of modern day Canada, the French would arrive on shore and wait for the Native Americans to come to the shore to trade with them. After the voyage lead from Christopher Columbus, a French voyageur by the name of Samuel de Champlain, ended up in Northeastern Canada. He…
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