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Mikos 1 Matt Mikos The Evolution of the Fur Trade and The Lewis and Clark Expedition essay D E Charles Goodyear began his experiments with rubber in his early years simply trying to make a living With despairing results he continued his experiments through jail poverty mockery and hunger However one February afternoon while showing off his latest formula his persistence paid off Completely by coincidence a piece of his rubber concoction landed on a nearby wood stove When Goodyear bent to retrieve it he found that instead of melting in the heat as all his earlier samples had the rubber had charred like leather and become weatherproof Thus vulcanized rubber was invented In a similar manner the founders of the fur trade setting out on an expedition to conclusively find what is now Alaska stumbled upon the regions richest and most promising enterprise which would lay the foundation for the expansion and settlement of the Pacific Northwest Commissioned by the Russian government the St Peter captained by Vitus Bering and the St Paul captained by Aleksei Chirikov set sail from the Siberian coast in the summer of 1741 Just as fog had spoiled Berings earlier exploration of 1728 bad weather again paid the two ships a visit separating them Both ships continued in an eastward direction and in July both ships sighted southern Alaska While Chirikov and his crew returned safely that October the crew of the St Peter were not so lucky After wrecking off the coast of Siberia and losing most of the crew the survivors didnt return home until almost six months later The importance of the event however lies not in the journey or even the exploration of Alaska but in the precious cargo these ships brought back Berings and Chirikovs crews brought back many Mikos 2 pelts including over 800 sea otter pelts These pelts highly prized and sought after in China brought in a tremendous profit
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