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Trade Goods

Items housed at each Hudson’s Bay Company post used by the Company men to trade with the local native population in exchange for furs. Typical trade items of the fur trade era 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 remains a popular retail item at Bay stores even to this day and still has a set of small black lines at the edge of one side which represent how many Made Beaver pelts it’s particular size and thickness is worth. However you’ll have to buy that with money not furs, so don’t go in there with fresh Beaver pelts!