The traders introduced many new goods to North American natives, such as chocolate, tobacco, coffee, and tea. In a short time Indians were raising horses, sheep, watermelons, wheat, and many other domestic plants and animals that enriched their good resources.
The single most important trade good sold to the North American Indians was fabrics, including stylish blankets and every type of European garment, from knit stocking to top hats.
Imagine how wonderful it was for a native woman to fix meals in a brass kettle, prepare food with a steel knife, cut firewood with an ax, cut and sew clothing with scissors and needles, and start fires in seconds with flint and steel.
Hunters came to depend on regular contacts with traders to insure adequate supplies of gunpowder, lead bullets, and gun flints for their firearms. Warriors appreciated the impressive fighting knives, tomahawks, and lances as personal battle gear.