Lecture 10 - Lecture 10 The North American fur trade -...

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Lecture 10 – The North American fur trade - outline Blackboard Today : 1) Summary of the fur trade history 2) The fur trade as an international phenomenon: hat mania The beaver (biological characteristics) Fur and felt Prey adaptation Keystone species - Wanted to enjoy leisure time, establish themselves as middle class - Beaver, related to squirrel, craze for hat - Understand biology characteristics underlying socioeconomic characteristic of resource/society - Beaver is a rodent, love to multiply, populous, available - Felting - Prey adaptation, makes lodge to hide in from predator, vulnerable to humans - Keystone species - Beaver dams stream, creating wetlands which eventually turn into meadows where trees will grow for future building materials - Key ecosystem for many species Great power geopolitics colonial settlement -British and French competed for land -Fur trade is a way to control properties by gaining Indian allies through trade -To make profit, export $$ > (import + production) $$ -Need colonial space to extract material -Commodity chain = raw material shipped to middle man and is then manufactured
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