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The furtrade New Frances greatest mistake The fur trade began as a by-product of the fishing industry and slowly blossomed into the French colony of New France The French concentrated the fur trade along the Atlantic coastline and soon developed a good trading relationship with their business partners the Natives Origins 41 The Indians were the people hunted and trapped the beaver and brought the final product to the Europeans The relationship was very prosperous for both sides the Europeans received highly profitable furs while the Indians in return received highly revered metal tools and other items that made day to day chores easier As the demand for furs in Europe increased in the 1580s several merchant ships were sent out to solely trade in fursOrigins 41 By the 1590s trade reached such a volume that the French established a monopoly to indulge themselves in the newly profitable industry In 1608 Quebec was founded by Samuel Champlain in an effort to establish a permanent trading post Origins 41 Expansion was gradual due to the harsh climate and the non-necessity of people For example by 1627 New France had only 2000 habitants compared to 20 times that in 13 colonies Origins 47Right up to 1760 many attempts had been made to artificially stimulate new industries brewery triangle trading and at best these were moderately successful Notes sep28 The fur trade continued to be the backbone of New France With glut of furs the 1690s and New Frances almost complete reliance on the fur trade the French colony was being completely propped up by the motherlandNotesoct5 This children parent relationship that New France had stifled her ability to gain a sense pride and independence Many of these problems can be traced back to the fur trade and how it shaped New France The social economic political geographical and military aspects of the fur trade in New France augmented the possibility for
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