trading post


Definition of trading post

1 : a station of a trader or trading company established in a sparsely settled region where trade in products of local origin (such as furs) is carried on

Examples of trading post in a Sentence

The French set up a trading post on the coast. The town was first established as a trading post.
Recent Examples on the Web The downtown of shops, bars, and Indian trading posts is now nearly deserted., "FDA orders companies to submit antibody test data," 4 May 2020 False fronts loom: saloon and blacksmith, trading post and bank and hotel. New York Times, "‘How Much of These Hills Is Gold,’ by C Pam Zhang: An Excerpt," 7 Apr. 2020 In 1858, a search party found two cursory notes left by the crew describing how the ships had become trapped in ice, Franklin’s death and plans to find a path to a trading post on Hudson Bay. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Shipwreck Yields Artifacts of Missing Seafarers in Canada’s Arctic," 20 Feb. 2020 The gift shop vibe imparts a touristy feeling, as if you’ve been transported to the roadside restaurant/trading post adjacent to the world’s biggest ball of twine or some other folksy attraction. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "8 Detroit-area restaurants that have opened since August," 30 Oct. 2019 Seek out fascinating wildlife—from polar bears and majestic caribou to beluga whales—and trace the history of this former fur-trading post, inhabited by the native Inuit people for thousands of years. National Geographic, "Canadian Arctic Middle School Expedition," 20 Sep. 2019 On July 9, 1846, two months after President James K. Polk declared war on Mexico, American troops landed at the small Mexican trading post of Yerba Buena and raised the American flag over the old plaza, soon to be called Portsmouth Square. Gary Kamiya,, "How horse stealing brought the Mexican-American War to the Bay Area," 24 Jan. 2020 The blockade against Biafra made essential commodities scarce, forcing women to make the treacherous two-day journey on foot to Afia Attack, a trading post behind enemy lines in Midwestern Nigeria. Shayera Dark, CNN, "'I looked for death but I couldn't find it,' a Nigerian town relives the brutal civil war, 50 years after it ended," 15 Jan. 2020 Sovalik, a 77-year-old village elder, catches and dries broad whitefish by the Colville River, hanging thick, pink-hued slabs on rafters near the site of a trading post where her nomadic ancestors used to barter for Siberian goods. Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska warms, one village’s fight over oil development and the future," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of trading post

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trading post was in 1773

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2 Jun 2020

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“Trading post.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trading post

: a place (such as a store, a town, or a fort) that is far from other towns and is used as a center for buying, selling, and trading goods and services

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Kids Definition of trading post

: a store set up in a thinly settled region

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