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A French explorer, too, the Huguenot Sieur de Monts, had been to Canada, and knew much about the resources of that country, especially the fur trade of the Indian tribes.
(The Kossoffs had made their fortune in the fur trade between Russia and California, and Michael has great stores of such furs put away in trunks lined with a certain wood that discourages moths and other ruinous critters.)
For some years previous to this the Choteau family carried on the fur trade in Kansas.