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In 19th Century the United States of America was on its way to becoming a world power American settlers believed they were destined to expand throughout the continent This belief was called Manifest Destiny In order to expand throughout the continent and make Manifest Destiny a reality we needed a great amount of money passages through the Rocky Mountains the west and people who were skilled in negotiating with the Native American Indians With the combination of Mountain Men and trades Manifest Destiny became a reality Mountain Men came to the west of the Mississippi to turn a profit The mountain men did not just wander around the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains creating material for adventure stories and tall tales they were an instrumental part in exploring and settling the land west of the Mississippi Because of what Mountain Men did the fur trade generated plenty of money opened up the global trade economy and brought people into the west The United States of America certainly wouldnt have risen and became the world power if it wasnt for the fur tradeThe touch of fur and wool was known to prehistoric peoples of every continent but Clement I Pope about 88 to 97 AD is often credited with discovering the felting qualities of lambs wool Beaver fur was very well known for its superior felting qualities A single particle under the microscope shows scales that overlap and looks a little like a juniper leaf The fur is pummeled and boiled repeatedly turning the fur into a shrunken and thicken felt Then it was pressed and steamed into a shape often shaping it into a top hat This fashion ultimately has driven beavers into a near extinction in North America due to the large fortunes of the fur trade The first North America expedition of fur sailed in 1600 They reached Tadoussac Quebec and to their luck bales of fur -- marten otter and fox but
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