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 Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 The slogan comes from the time when there was a trading post in what is now Riverside Park along Highway 51. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 8 July 2022 The first European settlement at what is now Weymouth was established in 1622 as a trading post by London merchant Thomas Weston. Robert Knox,, 18 May 2022 But by the time the Nieupoort trading shiparrived, 18 years later in the late summer of 1659, a frequently changing succession of opperhoofd had made the island a fully functional trading post under the auspices of the Dutch East India Company. Rob Goss, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 The blaze fed on brush surrounding structures on the property – site of a 17th-century trading post along the Santa Fe trail – until La Junta firefighters beat it back, KKTV reported. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 The garden will also include four picnic tables, a movable wood fire pit, a table to serve as a trading post, a storage structure and a covered compost bin. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Mar. 2022 The wagon train is off from Doan’s Crossing, the final main trading post for at least a few months of travel, and into the wild west—bandits, war tribes, the works. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 6 Feb. 2022 Barbara Burget built a trading post near the White River in an area north of 96th Street. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trading post

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Trading post.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of trading post

: a store set up in a thinly settled region


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