The History of Leith

July 17, 2007

Scottish Indian trade

The transatlantic trade in deerskins was a significant commercial activity in Colonial America was greatly influenced, and at least partially dominated by Scottish traders and their firms. This trade, primarily in deerskins but also in beaver & other animal pelts was carried on with Native American tribes and is usually referred to as the Indian trade. The Indian trade was conducted largely to fill the high European and later colonial demand for deerskins and other animal pelts trapped by Indians in return for European trade goods. These pelts were then shipped to Europe and used in the leather making industry. This trade had been developing since the seventeenth century and Scottish traders played an important part its advance. for more click here

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