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How the Fur Trade Affected the Development of New FranceStudent’s NameInstitutional Affiliation
Student’s Name 2How the Fur Trade Affected the Development of New FranceNew France was the network of French settlers, their forts, missions and trading posts in the Native-controlled region of North America1. While the French were exploring the North American lands, they came across a landscape with many fur-bearing animals and various native people. When they first settled, they engaged in fishing. However, the activity was later replaced by the fur trade as the economic dependence of New France2. The settlement of French spread to St. Lawrence River banks, flowing to Quebec and Montreal cities. To the west, New France spread to the Great Lakes region and the Mississippi areas while stretching to Louisiana and GulfCoast3. While owning these territories, the French developed missions, forts and trading posts where they conducted fur trade and French interactions. In this paper, we dig deep into the analysis of how the fur trade impacted the development of New France.The Beginning of the Fur TradeFur Trade was begun by the native fishermen and French settlers in North America in the 1500s when they arrived at the now called Eastern Canada4. The fur trade started when the French established a good relationship with the Indians by offering them Knives and Kettles as gifts. In return, the Indians rewarded the French with pelts, thus making their relationship even 1History of the Fur Trade. Montanatrappers.org. . Published 2019. Accessed December 3, 2019.2Murray J. The Early Fur Trade in New France and New Netherland. Canadian Historical Review. 1938;19(4):365-377. doi:10.3138/chr-019-04-023Lunn J. The Illegal Fur Trade out of New France, 1713-60. Report of the Annual Meeting. 1939;18(1):61. doi:10.7202/300187ar4Fries J. GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION IN FRANCE. Retail and Distribution Management. 1978;6(2):41-45. doi:10.1108/eb017936
Student’s Name 3stronger5. The French settlers engaged in the fish trade that was the economic determinant for theregion at the moment. Later, the French, as they spread out to various corners of North America later found fur-bearing animals. They immediately started collecting as selling the fur, thus changing the fish market to that of fur. By the end of the 1500s, the fur demand has increased in the better part of Europe6. The demand needed further tapping of the North American market. Munroe states that the beaver demand rapidly increased at the beginning of the 1600s7. it is whenclassic European gentlemen started to wear beaver fur made felt hats. Also, other furs like mink, fox, and marten were still being sold. The trade between Indians and French entailed an exchange of fur for European produced products like cloth, metal cooking pots and utensils and guns especially the rifles. The fur trade became big, hence forcing the fishermen to leave their fishing duties. The fishermen then made voyages and run to North America where they engaged in the fur trade too. This happened before the best explorers like Henry Hudson, Christopher