French fur trader
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The trader wears a mix of European and Native American clothing, and carries his musket, hatchet, and a knife. Fur pelts are slung over his shoulder. The French fur traders (coureurs de bois), brought European goods to the Indians, including weapons, ammunition, tools, cloth, trinkets, and brandy. As the French government tried to restrict the activities of the fur traders some traders became outlaws; others defected to the British. Some of the traders gave up the life of adventure and became farmers. The end of the French and Indian Wars in 1763 marked a decline in the French fur trading business, and the British became the dominant power in the market. French in Illinois; Settling in the Midwest 16 History; 14 Political systems; 15 Economics; 17 Geography; 18 Social systems
|Illinois Heritage Association|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library|
French Colonial Period
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