Journey of Trade Goods

Follow the journey of trade goods to learn what the Lenape, Mahican, and Dutch wanted and why.

Journey of Wampum

When the Dutch arrived in the 1600s, they noticed how much Native people valued wampum. Wampum played an important role in exchanges between Native people and the Dutch.

Discussion Questions

  1. How do Native people use wampum?
  2. How did mux drills change the wampum-making process?

Journey of a Dutch Kettle

For Native people, the Dutch served as a new source for metal. Native people desired goods such as Dutch kettles for their metal. In the early years of the fur trade, Native people used metal cut from Dutch kettles to make tools and ornaments. As time went on, Dutch kettles replaced Native-produced pottery. Explore how Native people used cut metal from Dutch trade kettles.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Native people want Dutch kettles?
  2. How did Dutch metal improve Native life?

Journey of Beaver Fur

Native people hunted animals for meat and for fur, which they used for clothing. The Dutch depended on Native people’s knowledge of their homelands to get what they needed and for furs. The Dutch used beaver furs to make beaver-felt hats—symbols of wealth in Dutch society.

Discussion Questions

  1. What did the Dutch depend on Native people for?
  2. How was Native people’s knowledge of their homelands important?
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