Indian Trade

Trade & Traders

In the beginning, there were no European traders in North America, only native traders who traveled on trading paths from one part of the continent to another, bringing those goods that were not found in other parts of the continent. 

In North Carolina, the Cherokee mined and traded sheets of mica to other tribes for shells found along the coasts or copper found in pure form from the northeast. 

Since the natives lived natural lives in nature using natural technologies, most tribes were equally endowed with food, clothing, and shelter suited for their particular clime. All were traditionally armed with bow & arrow, war clubs, throwing spears, etc and only the number of warriors gave advantage to neighboring tribes who competed in ball games and deadly martial battles to settle differences, territorial disputes and blood laws.