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Links 1 through 10 of 33 by Christy Keeler tagged Trade

This site focuses on the trade of glass beads. The site provides a detailed introduction into bead trading and their use as a cultural expression. It provides information on the sites and sources for glass beads. The discussion is furthered with information on how some of the glass beads were made. It also includes information on the cultural and economic purposes of bead trade among Native Americans.

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This website focuses on trade patterns primarily in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The focus is on a place known as “the great carrying place,” a transshipment point where the company headquarters and warehouses of the North West and XY Companies were located. Grand Portage was a trading post located in the midst of a Native community, where company employees wintered, trading with surrounding Ojibwe, also known as the Anishinaabe. The study details how trade patterns at this location impacted the surrounding areas. The document also includes information on how many furs were traded for certain goods and the economic impact of fur trade. This site is very detailed. A good place to pull of information to share with the class, tables students in a 5th grade class could read or as a research document for higher level classes.

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Exploration Fur Trade and Hudson’s Bay Company website has a number of activities geared towards 5th grade and middle school students. Teachers can access Building a Trading Post: How to Choose a Site lesson plan and a crossword puzzle highlighting the role of the HBC in the fur trade industry with Native Americans.

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for some Native Americans this combination provided them with the necessary goods to climb the ladder of wealth. Native Americans were experienced in hunting and the white traders had the steel tools, and as they say the rest is history. The website contains lessons on Basic Units of Trade: Money Blankets & Coppers, Free Presentations in PowerPoint format, and Free Clip Art

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Europeans came to North American in search of precious metals – finding none, they embarked upon the next best thing – furs. The site provides links to articles on early trades, legal and illegal trades, and battles for trades.

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This site describes the types of conditions enslaved Indians went through during the pre-colonial time period. It discusses the different slavery among tribes, and the conditions that these enslaved Indians faced. It gives a detailed descriptions of how they worked, where they worked, and who owned them. I believe that this site would be useful for students in the upper elementary, middle, and high school levels.

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The driving force for this cross-cultural fur trade between Native Americans and Europeans was European fashions. This site provides teachers with information on the pros and cons of this prosperous venture. Appropriate for intermediate grade levels.

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The Buffalo and Native Americans – The trading of buffalo hides provided Native Americans with a lucrative income. This animated clip demonstrates how Native Americans used 100% of the buffalo which roamed their great lands for (e.g., hides were used for clothing, shelter, belts, etc.) It is appropriate for instruction in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes regarding Native Americans during the colonial era. This site also offers links to speeches and photo galleries.

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This website gives an overview and discusses the origins of slavery. While most associate slavery with the African culture, this website discusses how race had nothing to do with slavery.

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