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Farmer 1Kelsey FarmerMs. Colleen Beck-KaplanHTY-110HM-OL04May 12, 2018Lifestyle Change’s Caused by Trade Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans lives revolved around trade. For many Natives, the higher up in value their trade item was, the more political authority they held within their tribe (Townsend and Nicholas, 95). When the Europeans came to the New World, the Native Americans became fascinated with items they’ve never seen before such as colored cloth and glass beads. European trade goods drastically changed Native Americans lives. They were willing to trade their last supply of food and risk the lives of their own people in order obtain materialistic items from the Europeans. Their obsession became unhealthy and eventually deadly. When the colonist first came to North America, the Indians were open to sharing their land and food in exchange for European trade goods. The Indians became captivated with European weapons. In exchange for these weapons, they were willing to trade their beaver-trimmed hats, known as beaver pelts, which were a popular commodity in Europe. This backfiredon the Native Americans. The overhunting of beaver, eventually led to the extinction of beavers in several areas. The introduction of pigs from Europeans also had a negative impact on Native Americans. “Pigs consumed the foods on which deer and other indigenous species depended,

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