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Commerce in the Old West
Turns out, this page is a Timeline, but it is also a manifest/invoice/parts list and more, of the burgeoning commerce brought to the West by the European invasion. Starting with the era of trade and barter;* what sort of goods were moving in commerce in the Old West? Here we will list the items and sometimes the manifests, sales receipts and inventories, etc. that give us dates, contemporary values and where the item was being traded, sold or transported. In time, everyone: Native Americans, the Mountain Men, the Spanish, the new “Americans” and numerous foreigners became involved in the growing economy.