From this day forward we are going to talk about regional fur and its heritage, the everlasting legacy. We will begin with North American fabulous fur trade history and when we will move to Asia, Europe and Russia even if it’s a part of Eurasia. This is mainly because Russians have a rich history of fur farming and trading. Furthermore it is vital to know your heritage, so every historical lesson, especially about the fur trades, because it is a way to move forward by looking back.
In North America the trade of fabulous furs was important both politically and economically. This was a stimulation to explore the continent even further and it also provided colonial businesses with some income. For the first time native Americans were involved in a global marker of fur trades. Natives were the key element for the development of North American fur trade market. However, when local people went against fur trading or show lack of interest, it was a difficult task for colonialists to continue their financial pursuit. Firstly Europeans noticed the great quality of beaver fur and its use for clothing fashion, especially for fabulous furs. Some say that Europeans were looking for fame by exploring North American nature. Thus the whole North-West trade of fur in America started with men from fishing ships, who stopped by to trade with the natives.
By that time the supply of beaver skin in Europe was exhausted so they were looking for new supplies. And the best and richest source was North America, the unknown and unexplored continent. The beaver fur, so as other types of fur, had a high quality. In the beginning only natives harvested and skinned animals for fur, but when French and English traders showed up, everything changed. Of course some free men ( voyagers and their native families) began to farm fur as well. 1800 was the year of Rocky Mountain fur trade. This was the time of enterprising trapping. Fabulous fur companies hired men to trap beavers. However, such success of fur trade in North American had its downfall in 1840′s. Whys is that so? Fur was not fabulous or fashionable anymore, because the new era of silk.
The fabulous fur trade consequences
- The first transcontinental fur business and formation of the North West Company.
- Creation of the oldest multinational trading company (the Hudson Bay Comp.)
- Native culture were transformed and they were involved in fur trapping and farming industry
- The beginning of imperial rivalries between United States, France and Britain.
With that searching spirit Europeans colonized North America ( Canada and USA). In those day most of native Canadian cities were the posts of fur trading. In the dash of the Pacific Ocean there was a great competition among Canadians and Americans. There were several fur trading companies. As we already mentioned, beaver was that fuel which made the world burn out of passion for fabulous furs. Wild furs were ans still are sold through producer-owner auctions. The Fur Harvester’s Auctions Inc ( North Bay), North American Fur Auction, still has auctioneers. Even if North America fur trade legacy was forgotten, the renewed fashion brought it back, all those wild and fabulous furs. It is a good news for USA and Canadian trappers. For a long time local fur trapping was a support for native families. Even native aboriginal Canadians and Americans used beavers as muskrat as the main source of food, not just a source of warm garment.
The legacy of fur trades in North America reached the world. Today there are different types of fur and a great number of fur trading companies. All of them fallows the great legacy of native Americans and (even) European colonialists.