French Trade Bucket Bale/Ear
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The diameter of the rim is 12.2 cm. The height of the bale ears is 5.7 cm. The bucket bale is made of iron. The bale ears are welded to the rim. The lower portion of the bucket would have been made out of metal, probably sheet copper or brass. Bucket bales or kettles usually nested for compact shipping. Bales of this type were made in France for the fur trade between 1600 and 1750. French explorers traded items like the bucket bale with American Indians for goods such as animal skins and tools. Europeans thought of the buckets and kettles as tools to transport water and goods. They were also used for cooking. Bucket and kettles could be hung over a fire ot boil down sap. Kettles revolutionized maple sugar processing. But to the American Indians, buckets and kettles were a source of metal for spearheads, patches for other kettles, ornaments and knives. They were also used for ceremonial purposes like grave goods. When the English took control of Canada after the 1760, the Canadian merchants and traders copied the trade buckets and they were sold and used into the 19th century. How we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; American communities in history; French in Illinois 16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 18 Social Systems
|French fur trade|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
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