Discover the role that the beaver trade played in populating 17th-century New England, and the differences between the Mayflower Pilgrims and the Puritans who came in their wake, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Pilgrims. While Plymouth’s London-based investors filed for bankruptcy in 1626, Plymouth’s bleak prospects soon turned for the better. The demand for beaver skins rose when England found itself at war with France and Spain, and beaver fur used for popular hats became more scarce in Europe. The business model the Pilgrims developed inspired an influx of Puritan immigrants to America. This resource is part of the American Experience: The Pilgrims collection.
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