Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Timeline - A Brief History of the Fur Trade

The Fur Trade

John Jacob Astor

Read More About It

"The Wisconsin Fur-trade People" by Les Rentmeester

"The Fur Trade" by the Wisconsin Historical Society

"The First Book of the Fur Trade" by Louise Dickinson Rich



Interesting Fact:

The fur trade made John Jacob Astor one of the richest men in the United States.

Study Questions:

  • What was the major fur trapped in Wisconsin?
  • What were the other factors leading to the decline of the fur trade?
  • What happened to Astor after 1834?

    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the fur trade in Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 11:

    1776: The Constitutional Congress forms a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence.
    1919: Sir Barton becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown.

  • June 11

    Historical Highlight

    1834: Fur trade in Wisconsin declined due mainly to the removal of the Indians who were the trappers and hunters. John Jacob Astor, leading fur businessman, sold his interest in the American Fur Company.

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