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Indians at the Post Office

Native Themes in New Deal-Era Murals

Trade and Commerce

Trade drives nearly all exploration. It was an early occurrence of the contact period in the Americas. The crude bartering of early fur-traders gave way to elaborate trading networks operated by colonial trading companies. The growing scale of the new mercantilism exhausted much of the animal resources that supported Native domestic economies, forcing adaptations to new forms of survival.

Sir Walter Raleigh and First Landing on the North Carolina Shore

Sir Walter Raleigh and First Landing on the North Carolina Shore

Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service® Archives.
Indians Trading with the Half Moon

Indians Trading with the Half Moon

Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®.
The Fur Traders

The Fur Traders

Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®.