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History of the Fur Trade

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Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006. He claimed all the lands drained by the Mississippi and its tributaries for France. The had collected extensive debt in the first decade of the 1700s due to buying manufactured goods on credit from traders, and then not being able to produce enough deerskins to pay the debt later in the year. In this region they would establish several prominent fur trading communities. Many Native American societies across the continent came to depend on the fur trade as their primary source of income.

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North American fur trade

french fur trade

The French were constantly in search of cheaper fur and trying to cut off the Aboriginal middleman which led them to explore the interior all the way to Lake Winnipeg and the Central Plains. By the mid-1800s changing fashions in Europe brought about a collapse in fur prices. Lawrence River and traded there for manufactured goods from Europe. The father could influence the enculturation process and prevent the child from being classified as Métis in the early years of the western fur trade. Following the French victory over the Natchez in 1731 which resulted in the destruction of the Natchez people, the French were able to begin fur trading down the Arkansas river and greatly expanded the to take advantage of the fur trade.

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History of the Fur Trade

french fur trade

Iroquois access to firearms through and later traders along the increased the casualties in the warfare. Some of these posts — like those at Quebec, Detroit, and Green Bay — became the nuclei of permanent population centres. Lawrence River, the French inserted themselves into networks that conveyed trade goods — including pelts — over vast distances. Lawrence River Valley in the late 1680s and 90s. The French were definitely the European nation with the most marriages into Native tribes, and these friendly relations were the very reason for it. Why were beaver pelts in such demand? But if any one should be bold enough to engage in a trade without permission from him who is Master, he may do a good business in secret and concealment; but, if he is surprised by the way, he will not be better treated than a thief,—he will only carry back his body to his house, or else he must be well accompanied. Les Indiens, la fourrure et les Blancs.

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History of the Fur Trade

french fur trade

Second, it facilitated an ongoing shift in Aboriginal subsistence strategies: the fur trade had provided Aboriginal peoples with an incentive to kill ever-greater numbers of fur-bearing animals, and now firearms — together with metal traps — were increasing their killing capacity. The American was a huge turning point in American history, and the French Revolution was one of the most important events in the history of the world. He was one of the first to search for the North West Passage to the Far East. Members of both groups took Native women as wives, creating the mixed-blood group called Métis. The following year, he revised his estimation to eight hundred coureurs de bois out of a total population of 9,700 in the St. The Indians were organized into kinship and clan networks, and marrying a woman from one of these kinship networks would make a fur trader into a member of these networks, thereby ensuring that Indians belonging to whatever clan the trader had married into were more likely to deal only with him.

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Further information: French explorer in his three voyages into the in the 1530s and 1540s conducted some of the earliest fur trading between European and peoples associated with sixteenth century and later explorations in North America. Ironically, the overall impact of French trade goods paled in comparison to the impact of an unintentional by-product of the fur trade — the spread of deadly pathogens. Upon their return, French officials confiscated the furs of these unlicensed. For the Chipewyan, who still living in the Stone Age, metal implements were greatly valued as it took hours to heat up a stone pot, but only minutes to heat up a metal pot while an animal could be skinned far more efficiently and quickly with a metal knife than with a stone knife. Some of these settlements later became such major cities as Detroit, New Orleans, and St.

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Many of them settled on the Missouri River and married into the tribes there before setting up their trade networks. He claimed all the lands for France. In 1728, for instance, La Vérendrye obtained vital geographical information from his Cree guide, Ochagach, who sketched for him a map of water and land routes between Lake Superior and Lake Winnipeg. This new people drew on Aboriginal and European influences to develop its own laws, institutions, and forms of government as well as its own mixed language — Michif, which blended the most complex elements of Cree and French. It did not end until 1833 when the American Fur Co. The reservation system did not ensure that the Métis were protected and accepted as Indians.

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Every summer in the 1650s and 60s, the settlement held a trade fair that drew large convoys of Aboriginal intermediaries bearing pelts to exchange for knives, kettles, blankets, and other French goods. The start of unregulated trade increased the use of liquor in the fur trade. Open access to resources leads to no incentive to conserve stocks, and actors which try to conserve lose out compared to the others when it comes to maximizing economic output. Exploring the Fur Trade Routes of North America. Thus, in order to gain access to the pelts that moved through the networks, the French were compelled to negotiate a series of strategic alliances with the Aboriginal peoples of the St. As more and more land was cleared, fur-bearing animals became increasingly scarce.

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Fur Trade

french fur trade

Over time, these women strengthened cross-ethnic kinship ties through their delivery and rearing of mixed-blood progeny. Originally Cherokee land was divided into five districts but the number soon grew to thirteen districts with 200 hunters assigned per district due to deerskin demand. Reuben Gold Thwaites Cleveland: Burrows Bros. Other voyageurs made a firmer commitment, and took jobs at the fur trade posts and stayed permanently. This material has been compiled for educational use only, and may not be reproduced without permission. The couple stayed married for 36 years with the marriage ending with Johnston's death, and Oshahgushkodanaqua played an important role in her husband's business career. To expand the fur trade into the western Great Lakes, the French made alliances with Indian nations, whose members had the skills to hunt and trap at a commercial level.

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Before American Colonization: The French and the Fur Trade

french fur trade

While both the Cherokee and the Creek were the main trading partners of the British, their relationships with the British were different. Some of the partners left the company forming the General Company of Lake Superior and the South. Trade companies invested in lumbering, banking, general merchandising, steamboats and land speculation. The fur trade promoted friendly relations between the Indians and white traders. These records provide a fascinating look at relations between Natives and Europeans and show just how different things could have been if all the European people who came to America had been as progressive in their treatment of the Natives as the French were. The first year they traded at Leech Lake and the following year at Red River. At Quebec and Trois-Rivières, they plugged into networks that stretched westward to the Great Lakes and northwestward along the St.

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History of the Fur Trade

french fur trade

Reuben Gold Thwaites Cleveland: Burrows Bros. They were rivals of the British trader, who undercut them by paying higher prices and selling trade goods for less and by luring the Indians with liquor and gifts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985. Indian women normally harvested the rice and made the maple sugar that were such important parts of the traders' diets, for which they were usually paid with alcohol. In the two decades following the Revolutionary War, the United States' government established new treaties with the Native Americans the provided hunting grounds and terms of trade. Later, around 1600, Europeans discovered that the short soft fur close to the beaver skin was ideal for processing into for beaver hats. Although the Métis would initially operate on both sides of the border, by the 1850s they were forced to pick an identity and settle either north or south of the border.

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