North American Indian Trader

Early Modern World System Roleplay

The Story of how North American Indian Traders life were effected by their jobs.

Source: Fur trading in Canada, ca. 1777. Wikimedia Commons.

The Fur Trade

The fur trade started in the 1500's when fishermen from Canada traded the Indians metal cooking utensils and guns for different furs. Many explorers who had been looking for easier routes to Asia became a part of the trade system.  The explorers would come to America and trade for different furs with the Indians for different items like cooking utensils and guns that were not available for the Indians.  By the 1640's many of the locations used by the Iroquois were stopped, because of the wars that were beginning between the different American Indian tribes and the Europeans.  The Wars pushed the American Indians to Wisconsin from Michigan, which made many of the Indians starve and die.

Source: fur trade: trading post. Photograph. Britannica Online for Kids. Web. 1 Dec. 2014. <

In 1783, after the American Revolution, the Untied Sates claimed the region.  Great Britain refused to leave their military post, because they claimed the United States was in violation of breaking the 1783 peace treaty that had been put in place.  In 1794 Jay's treaty was put in place so that the traders from the British and French- Canadian could stay and work in the mid-west while that others left their posts and were able to leave the United States.

Source: Dutch Fur Trade Photograph

1814 was the last year on the British Fur trade. That was the year when Britain and the Untied States signed the Treaty of Ghent and ended the war of 1812. The down side to the Treaty of Ghent was that the French-Canadians who were allowed to work in the mid-west were no long included in the treaty.  The Fur trade continued until the 1850's but most came to an end in the 1820's.  Since people hunted the animals for so many years many of the popular animals became over hunted and were not made available to the workers.