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The fur trade in North Dakota

Today, we discussed the emergence of the fur trade in North Dakota. The class learned about the Hudson’s Bay Company (no, that is not a typo), the North West Fur Company, and the importance of the beaver. Dr. Porter enlightened the class about the horrors of smallpox and a little about British history, as related to the fur trade. I knew that beaver pelts were important, but did not realize that they were that important in terms of beaver hats being family heirlooms. Learning about the fur trade was quite fun, as I am interested in the frontier. We will continue our look at this time in North Dakota on Friday.

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  1. February 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Show more of the importance of US fur industry.

    • February 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm

      While I appreciate the comment, the post was dealing with a day in North Dakota History, so I can’t show the larger importance of the US fur industry.

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