Part 4: Missouri River Fur Trade

Questions: Sections 1-2

Comprehension Questions

  1. What city is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers?
  2. Who established the first American trading post in North Dakota? What was the name of the post?
  3. What did John Jacob Astor organize?
  4. What is the northern part of the Missouri River called?
  5. Name the largest and most successful fur company in the United States. What two major forts did this company build in North Dakota?
  6. Who built Fort Union? Where?
  7. What was the most important and longest-lasting trading post on the Upper Missouri?
  8. What trading post was built by James Kipp for the American Fur Company?
  9. What was one of the most prized possessions of a fort? Why?

Critical Thinking Question

  1. If you were working at a fur trading post, what job would you like to do? Explain.