DuSable and his trading post employees became successful hunters on the open Illinois prairie. This was critical to their survival and fur trade business. DuSable survived and prospered from his skills with a rifle and bow and arrow. Year-round items for sale inside the trading post included: dried meats (jerky), salts, honey, gunpowder, paper and ink, lead, rifles of the most advanced design, tents, and woolen blankets
Skins and Pelts
For centuries herds of buffalo and black bears ruled the northern Illinois prairie! Buffalo, bear, wolf, elk, deer, raccoon, antelope, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, and white tail deer were animals used for their skins and pelts.
DuSable survived and prospered from his prowess with a rifle and bow and arrow on the often dangerous hunts.
The most essential crops in and around the Eschikagou settlement included corn, beans, berries, wild rice, pumpkins, squash and tobacco. In fact DuSable learned various methods to grow the maize (corn) and other staples from the Indians, which were so critical to their traditional diets.
DuSable established the first permanent settlement in present day Chicago and lived at that site for at least twenty years. He set up a trading post which flourished supplying customers with flour, pork, and bread in exchange for cash and durable goods. DuSable had established a good reputation with trading relations as far as Detroit, Green Bay, Mackinac and St. Joseph.
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