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.

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The original French trading post was located near the current national park riverfront property, but likely never had more than 1,200 permanent residents, said Gateway Arch National Park historian Bob Moore. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Gateway Arch: An American classic gets a major overhaul," 29 June 2018 That’s Star Wars Land being built In Hollywood Studios, a village called Black Spires on the planet Batuu, a trading post on the Outer Rim of the Star Wars Galaxy. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 June 2018 A century ago, the town that is now Ulaanbaatar was little more than a trading post and a monastery. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 In the 150 years since what’s now Eastern Oregon’s cultural center received the name Pendleton, after former Democratic Vice-President nominee George Hunt Pendleton, this once trading post has flourished into one of America’s best small towns. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 20 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2018," 5 June 2018 The General Electric logo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "GE’s Plan Rests on Promises and Some Sleight of Hand," 26 June 2018 Prior to becoming a resort in 1972, however, the island was a British trading post, military base, and a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Meet Sentosa, the Island Resort Hosting the Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018 His homestead is the last of its kind here, both in its capacity as a fur trading post and in its architecture and construction. Michelle L. Quinn,, "Climb, swim, camp and more at the Indiana Dunes," 13 May 2018 Water engulfed whole towns, dozens of ranches, an Edison construction camp, the Harry Carey Indian reservation and trading post, and DWP Powerhouse No. Scott Harrison,, "From the Archives: The 1928 St. Francis Dam collapse," 12 Mar. 2018

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1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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