Fur Trade Changes

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During the 17th and 18th centuries, European countries began to explore and trade with the Western Hemisphere of the world. This trade included ideas, disease, and goods; specifically fur which begins as a necessity and later becomes a worldwide luxury. The new-coming Europeans used this fur trade to their advantage and brought distinct and positive effects on the new America. This change, which was brought to the Americas through the European countries France, Spain and England, caused drastic changes in the colonies. These changes in population, social stratification, social relations, and economics caused America to thrive as a new country in population, social stratification, relations with others, and economics. The colonies were able …show more content…
This system allowed the Native Americans to avoid debt to the French as well as ensuring continuous supply of beaver pelts to Europe. Without this partnership between the French and the Native Americans, along with the original trading of tools for pelts, the fur trade would have never continued in America. Thus, the French and their relations and tools assisted in the beginning of the American fur trade. Secondly, the Spanish understood the value of the fur trade and attempted to contain and change the trade from a French trade to a Spanish one. Hats made from the American fur was typically sent to Spain and Portugal which inspired the Spanish to journey to the Americas to own the land and hopefully the trade. But of course, once Spain gained control over the fur trade, other countries attempted to do the same. “Foreigners saw the value in trading furs in the Southwest while it was under the control of Spain. Many penetrated the northern Spanish border in an attempt to exploit the untouched soft fur industry and to explore the region for the first time.” This …show more content…
The colonies changed: politically in population and social stratification, socially through their relations with the Native Americans of the continents, and economically, all because of the fur trade. Finally, because of these changes, America became powerful; they broke free from England, gained positive relations with the Native Americans and became the world’s leading supplier of fur, gaining a massive economy. As shown, because of the fur trade, America changed drastically and became better as a

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