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Who is that??
Lets greet them them with our furs!
We made it to the new world!
The first nations were alerted about a ship sailing in, so they went to the shore to meet them and had the idea to bring furs to greet them in hopes to trade with the newcomers. This was a very important part in how the fur trade started because the natives could have acted as if the french were attackers and attack back.
Champlain and his men sailed from france, all the way to north america, where they were greeted by some first nations with furs to trade. Champlain was ordered by Henry IV to explore a new world, then return to quebec, and become apart of the administration of the country. When he was there he was strict and ordered his men to build a small settlement. He also set up trading with the first nations, that helped out the french alot.
Champlain and his men, decided to set up a trading post. this was built right over where is now quebec city. this was the first french colony that settled in north america. Eventually, the french expanded there trading around the st. lawrence river, and the great lakes.
The first nations traded mostly furs for pots, pans, guns, and other materials like this. The first nations soon would not need anymore of these materials soon because they will have enough eventually, so the french had to think of something else to trade so they could keep getting furs for hats, and clothing. The animals were not just used for furs though, they used the beaver butt as food flavouring.
Metis people had a huge impact in the fur trade and helped out the french greatly. metis people were first nations that were also french because the french got married to the first nations to increase population, and have a greater bond with them. This helped in the trade becasue the prices would be cheaper, they would have a closer bond so they would give more.
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