Fur Trade

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  • In addition to the four major players in the North American fur trade—the American Fur Company, the Missouri Fur Company, the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, and the Hudson's Bay Company of British North America—there were many individual fur trappers and traders, most of whom were contracted to one or more of the major firms. Politics of the fur trade ranged from small, local disputes over specific ranges to an international compromise with Great Britain mandating joint U.S. and British rule over the Oregon Country and included the bitter rivalry between the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company. The chief factor of the Hudson's Bay Company in Oregon was John McLoughlin. McLoughlin strongly disliked the U.S. trappers and the companies for ...

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