The Beginning of the Fur Trade

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  • YES WE WANT FISH!
  • Oh my, there is so many!
  • Hello, Mi’kmaq people!
  • We are eager tot trade with you sir!
  • These trades help the both of us!
  • The fur trade in Canada began slowly.  At first, Europeans thought the new land was only a good source of fish, so many European fishers arrived each summer to fish the Grand Banks and the St. Lawrence river.
  • These are a success in Europe!
  • Lets continue to trade in Canada and increase our wealth!
  • Fishers met Aboriginal Peoples who lived near the ocean, and they began to trade metal and cloth goods for furs and fresh meat.  An explorer named Cartier sailed past the coast of New Brunswick in 1534, there he met Mi’kmaq people who were eager to trade with him.
  • Tadoussac, 1600
  • Trading Post
  • Mon Dieu! I am going to die, I cannot handle this cold weather! DAMN Canada!
  • The Aboriginal peoples liked the goods from Europe, so during the summer more of them began to travel the coast of the St. Lawrence river to trade their furs for knives, axes, posts, and other goods.
  • Stadacona Village, Quebec, 1608
  • Why is this man invading our village? 
  • Trading Post
  • Do not fear me! I am Sir Champain!
  • The europeans began to realize that great wealth could be made by selling furs from canada, because these furs gained popularity and status is Europe, therefore being easy to sell. 
  • The fur trade grew and merchants in France started companies to collect the furs in Canada.  In 1600, one of the French companies built a trading post at Tadoussac so it could trade there all year, but but this failed because they didn’t know how to survive cold winters.  
  • In 1608 the French tried again, this time time Champlain chose the spot where Stadacona, an Iroquois village had once stood, at Quebec. They also built more trading posts along the St. Lawrence River, because it was an easy destination for exporting furs to France fast and efficiently.
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