Fur Trade, Maritime

FUR TRADE, MARITIME, began with the arrival of Russian traders in the Gulf of Alaska in the 1740s. The Spanish sent naval expeditions from California and Mexico to forestall the Russian advance in the 1770s, but the heyday of the trade on the BC coast dates from the publication of accounts of James COOK's 1778 visit to the coast. Cook's men had traded for SEA OTTER pelts and exchanged them in China. The first British trader to arrive was Capt James Hanna with his brig the Sea Otter in 1785. He...

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