Before the entrance of the fur trade in North Dakota, the Native American trade system was limited to the Americas. When fur traders from European countries, like France and England, entered North Dakota, the trade started to include trade goods from Europe. The fur trade allowed for interaction between different cultures. For some Native Americans, it was the first time they encountered non-Indians. Near Pembina, a new nation began because of the fur trade. The new nation became known as the Metis. The Metis were descendants of fur traders and Native Americans. The new nation combined religions, languages, and cultures to form a new way of life. Fur trade changed many lives and the land in North Dakota.
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