Trading post

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A factory at Bathurst (Gambia) around 1900
A recreation of a typical trading post for trade with the Plains Indians

A trading post, trading station, or trading house, also known as a factory, was in past centuries an establishment for factors and merchants carrying on business in thinly inhabited and developed regions or countries and in which local inhabitants could exchange local products for goods they wished to acquire.[1]

Other uses[edit]

  • In the context of Scouting, trading post usually refers to a camp store where snacks, craft materials and general merchandise are sold.
  • A "trading post" can also be referred to as the place where securities listed on the New York Stock Exchange are traded (bought and sold).
  • In recent years, many people have developed their own trading posts such as the Front Range Trading Post in Lobsterfest Springs, CO. Trades include handmade and hand grown/raised items, baked goods and more. Cash is not accepted, only bartering is allowed.
  • Trading Post Outreach program has been established since 1995, where founder Linette Crelly began to host "trading swaps" where parents of children could gather to "swap or exchange" clothing, infant items, and toys. This idea blossomed and by 2004 had grown to become a 4,000 sq. ft. community care center in Springville, New York.

See also[edit]

  • ^ Trading post; Factory - Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, 1989