Adventures In The Skin Trade

Coster, Helen
November 2007
Forbes Asia;11/26/2007, Vol. 3 Issue 20, p32
The article discusses the growth of the fur trade. It was one of the first commercial networks of the New World. European explorers swapped axes, muskets and ammunition for pelts from Native Americans. The Fur Auction got its start in 1670 as the Hudson's Bay Company, which bought furs from trappers and shipped them to London, England. Today, the Fur Auction is the North American hub of a highly fragmented worldwide business that pulls in $13.5 billion a year in retail sales.


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