Nodal area evolution in the fur trade : 1768-1821
Balls, Vincent Andrew
The fur trade has a long and complex history in which several different fur trade companies have participated. Initially, concentrations of fur trade posts developed in certain areas throughout western Canada. Subsequently the locations of these posts were shifted around within these areas. The formation of these fur trade post concentrations and the later movement of posts is examined in four specific areas in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. A comparative analysis using geographical, historical and archaeological data is employed to determine why concentrations of posts developed where they did. Factors that contributed to the movement of posts within these areas are discussed. Competition was the main influencing factor in the formation of areas where concentrations of fur trade posts developed. Subsequently posts were moved within these areas due to competition and other factors that contributed to competition. These factors are discussed in relation to their relevance for future historical and archaeological investigations.