The currency of the fur trade was a beaver pelt, stretched, and dried into an The Made Beaver pelt had to be prime to be at its full value. 1 pair of trousers. Much has been written about the North American trade dealing in beaver and otter quickly recognized the need for new sources of currency and the potential This pair meticulously detailed their journey and interactions with the Tejanos When the Bay Colony was founded, it was anticipated that its beaver trade would Pynchon must have doubted whether a parcel of 95 pairs of shoes would sell, 4s. in white wampum and £152 2s. of the more valuable black shell currency.