History of the Fur Trade

The Most Importana Industry In Montana





The Hudson's Bay Company

It was an English corporation formed in 1670, when Charles II, king of England, granted a charter to Prince Rupert, his Bohemian-born cousin, and 17 other noblemen and gentlemen, thus giving them a monopoly over trade in the region watered by streams flowing into Hudson Bay.

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Montana Fur Posts

Fort Benton on the Missouri. Built in 1847 by Major Alexander Culbertson of the American Fur Company on the Missouri River for Blackfeet trade. Has the reputation of being the most important of all the fur-trade forts. Purchased by the government in 1869 and became a military fort.

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History of the Fur Trade

The fur trade was one of the earliest and most important industries in North America. The fur trading industry played a major role in the development of the United States and Canada for more than 300 years.

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