200@200 : February — Contention for the Confluence
Date:
Late 1700s — Early 1800s
Title:
Trade Beads
Description:
Fort Wayne and the Fur Trade

European demand for fur stretched across the Atlantic and all the way to the confluence of the three rivers by the late 1700's. To adapt to a changing way of life, Miami and other tribes in the area began trading with Europeans and Americans, and the Miami became very successful at it.

The Miami adaption to the trade industry led them to trade furs for European goods, generating great wealth and power. Metal products, blankets, guns, spices and other wares were commonly traded items. Beads such as these, called trade beads, were also used extensively during that time as a sort of currency.
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