Kathleen Neumann, Maine Historical Society, Cumberland County
6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary
- Science & Engineering -- Life Sciences
- Science & Engineering -- Earth & Space Sciences
- Social Studies -- Personal Finance & Economics
- Social Studies -- Geography
- Social Studies -- History
- Environment/The Land
- The People/Peopling of Maine
This lesson presents an overview of the history of the fur trade in Maine with a focus on the 17th and 18th centuries, on how fashion influenced that trade, and how that trade impacted Indigenous peoples and the environment.
- Students will be able to describe the fur trade in colonial North America and its impact on Indigenous communities, European settler-colonists, and the environment.
- Students will be able to explain why beaver fur was so desirable.
- Students will answer questions about information from primary sources through close looking and hypothesizing.
- Students will examine and analyze primary source documents, art, and objects, and use the sources provided to draw informed conclusions and ask informed questions.