Fur Trade, Land-Based

FUR TRADE, LAND-BASED, was a trade for animal pelts carried on between aboriginal peoples and European traders. In Canada it began along the Atlantic coast in the early 16th century when visiting fishers from Europe came ashore to dry their catch, encountered the indigenous people and began to barter with them. Gradually the trade spread across the continent as European colonists established settlements and explorers mapped the waterways of the Interior. The staple fur of the trade was the...

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