Before the entrance of the fur trade in North Dakota, the vast American Indian trade system did not include European goods. Fur traders from countries such as France and England introduced trade goods from Europe. The fur trade allowed for interaction between different cultures. Demand for resources of the northern Great Plains drew more traders and eventually settlers, disease, and elimination of the vast buffalo herds upon which American Indian culture depended.
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