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Cape Cod Furs and Wampum

The first settlers in Cape Cod got themselves established largely by trade with the Indians.

For years, furs and wampum were almost the only currency used by the first Cape Codders as well as Indians. The traders and trappers would set down the terms of each deal on birch or plane bark in picture writing and occasional English or French words. The trades were often very one-sided and “unfair” with the indians often getting the short end of the stick.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 02/14/06
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