The Fur Trade . The sixteenth century to late nineteenth century. . Pre Contact . Before European contact the Indigenous peoples of the Americas people survived by using resources off of the land.
The sixteenth century to late nineteenth century.
Before European contact the Indigenous peoples of the Americas people survived by using resources off of the land.
In this time period there were systems of governance established and a strong culture which was both respected and celebrated.
The Indigenous people did not use money in their trading but the Europeans used a currency system. In the trading between these two groups the beaver pelt became the currency system.
The fur trade had slowly dissolved, partially due to the lack of furs and also the lack of Indigenous people who were willing to assist in trapping and trading the furs. The change in style in Europe from fur to silk was the final blow to the North American Fur Trade.
At the end of the fur trade many traders went to work on the rail road, mining and lumbering.
Neering, Rosemary. The Fur Trade. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1985.