Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Native Americans Exchange Furs for European Goods
Furs and hides were widely used by the Lenape for clothing and as a covering for dwellings, but they held little social or economic value in their traditional culture. The Lenape saw little risk in trading such common materials for exotic European goods. The best furs were derived from animals in the Appalachians where the climate was colder than in the Middle and Lower Delaware Valley.
Rivalry among Native American groups led to overexploitation and depletion of fur-bearing animals. The Lenape competed in the fur trade with the Mohawks and Mahicans to the north and the Susquenannocks to the southwest. By 1659 Lenape participation in the fur trade was virtually over, due to a shortage of pelts.
Links to learn more – New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; American Swedish Museum, Philadelphia
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Location. 40° 11.888′ Touch for map. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Who, What and Where were Sanhickans? (here, next to this marker); What happened to the Lenape? (here, next to this marker); Native American Artifacts – Clubs to Prehistory (here, next to this marker); Europeans at the Falls of the Delaware (here, next to this marker); Quakers Lead the Settlement of West Jersey (here, next to this marker); The West Jersey Proprietors Rule (here, next to this marker); William Trent of Trent’s Town (here, next to this marker); Pre-17th Century Trenton Timeline (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of 4 subject markers under the pre-17th Century Arch.
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,033 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.