Fur Traders and Trappers By Alli and Emma. Who were they?. Etienne Brule, Louis Joliet, Medard des Groseilliers, Pierre Esprit Radisson, Jean Nicolet, Guillaume Couture, Jean Baptiste Chalifoux, and Jacques de Noyon. Where did they trade?. North-West Company Also called NWC
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Medard des Groseilliers,
Pierre Esprit Radisson,
Jean Baptiste Chalifoux,
and Jacques de Noyon
Also called NWC
Hudson’s Bay Company
Also called HBC
To get rich and to trade furs. Back then furs were very valuable.
They were trading fur to the Indians and selling them back in England. Once in a while they would compete by seeing who can get the most furs.
exploration of an
area is believed to
have occurred about
1688 when French
explorer Jacques de
Noyon wintered along the Rainy River.
Because of the effectiveness of voyageurs, the NWC was able to challenge the HBC. The HBC started hiring their own voyageurs in 1815 to help them compete with the NWC.
Voyageurs: A woodsman, boatman, or guide employed by a fur company to transport goods and supplies between remote stations in Canada or the U.S. Northwest.
In a lot of Indian tribes alcohol was an devastating and bad part of the trade. The Indians got violent and drunk. For other people it was an important part of the trade.
Fur traders offered the Iroquois trade goods which included iron tomahawks, knives, axes, awls, fish hooks, cloth of various colors, woolen blankets, linen shirts, brass kettles, silver jewelry, assorted glass beads, guns and powder.
While there were honest traders who dealt fairly with the Iroquois, too many greedy, bad men in the trade cheated and exploited them.