Lesson Two: The Rise and Fall of the Fur Trade

Focus Questions:

How did the fur trade change after the War of 1812?

Who introduced steamboat travel to the Missouri River? Why was this important?

What brought about the end of the fur trade?

Imbedded Information In The Student Lesson:

Jedediah Smith; Hugh Glass; Pierre Chouteau, Jr.


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Classroom Activities:

     Have students study pictures of the keelboat, bullboat (there is another example in Unit 2 under Mandan Indian village), and the steamboat. The map of South Dakota rivers in Lesson 1 should also be consulted. Then ask the students to draw a poster illustrating Missouri River travel during the fur trade.