This Teacher Guide was produced to give grade school teachers background information to provide students in the classroom in preparation for their visit to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site. It may also be used independently in the classroom without a visit to the site but we strongly encourage a visit to Fort Union to complete the students' understanding of the significance of this center of 19th century fur trade operations on the Upper Missouri.
At Fort Union, Indian tribes- Assiniboine, Crow, Cree, Ojibway, Blackfeet and Hidatsa traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as beads, guns, blankets, knives, kettles and cloth. Fort Union was a center of peaceful economic and social exchange between Euro-Americans and the Plains Indians from 1828-1867. The Teacher Guide is a combination of background information for the teacher, some questions for the students, and some exercises at the end of each chapter that teachers might use with the students.
The Teacher Guide is designed for 4th - 6thgrade classes but can be used by teachers in all grades.