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Trade Goods

Items kept at each Hudson’s Bay Company post used by the Company men to trade with the local native population in exchange for their furs. Typical trade items of the fur trade included musket balls, guns, coloured beads, knives, tools, smoking pipes, tobacco, liquor, cooking pots, utensils, traps, clothing, textiles, yarn and assorted dry goods. One of the more popular items was the Hudson’s Bay Blanket that was developed specifically to entice the natives to trade their anoraks (jackets) made of the much sought after beaver felt without fear of freezing to death during the harsh winters. The Hudson’s Bay Blanket can be bought at Bay stores even to this day and still bears a set of small black lines at the edge of one side which represent how many Made Beaver it’s particular size and thickness is worth.