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American Indians were deeply impressed with the goods traders could provide them. Within a short time after contact, Indians and Eskimos became dependent upon their new business partners for everything from weapons, knives, and cooking pots to luxury items such as jewelry, ribbon, and beads.
Representing every type of object exchanged by Europeans and Americans with the native people of North America, the museum displays artifacts such as guns, blankets, beads, axes, knives, and kettles, as well as unusual goods like gimlets, quill smoothers, playing cards, trunks, tobacco boxes, and jewelry.
Guns were a universal part of the trader’s outfit by the late 17th century. Influenced by Dutch designs brought to Britain during the reign of William III, English gun makers in the early 18th century began placing a fancy brass side plate shaped like a sea serpent or snake opposite the locks on guns intended for the Indian trade.
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