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The Trading Post

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Hidden : 3/12/2007
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History of the Fur Trade in Minnesota

In the 1600s as fur resources in eastern North America were becoming depleted, the explorer-traders advanced westward through the Great Lakes, and northward up the Mississippi River. The first white men known to travel into what is now Minnesota were the French fur traders Pierre Radisson and Sieur de Groselliers who came from Quebec in 1655 to explore and trade. When they returned to Montreal, they told of the riches in fur to be found in the Minnesota country. Early French trappers and traders followed the explorers and at first were independents, not working for any company. They were known as couriers de bois, or "bush rangers," and would spend their winters in Minnesota and Wisconsin trapping and trading with the Indians. In the spring, most of the trappers returned to the Indian village of Mackinac on the narrow strait between Lakes Huron and Michigan, where they traded their furs for needed supplies and trade goods.

There was a small group of locally renowned Trappers, though, that were geographically challenged (it was in the days before the existence of Global Positioning Satellites) and returned year after year to a Trading Post located near the modern town of “D’Luth”. This Trading Post was run by an unscrupulous merchant, Moe “Le Louche” and his mathematically adroit assistants “D’Atslafp”, “D’ Ilkap” and “D’ Gauss”. They employed all sorts of “tricks” to put the Trappers at a serious disadvantage when it came time to Trading. To enter the Trading Post, for example, the Trappers would have to bend over almost completely at the waist in order to pass through the doorway. Upon entering, they would have to stop and wait several minutes for their eyes to adjust to the dim light so that they would be able to move without stumbling over something. Once their eyes adjusted to the conditions they were able to discern where the trading counter was and even notice that there was a sign posted on the back wall supposedly showing Furs Bought and Prices Paid(?). The sign was extremely grimy and almost illegible to read. In fact, while there seemed to be something written in the column showing Prices Paid, there were no prices actually shown. If the lighting was better and the sign was cleaned up this is what they would see…

Since this Trading Post was so isolated Moe “Le Louche” was free to set his own prices for what he paid for furs and for what he sold supplies and trade goods. To compound matters, he didn’t have a very good idea of the worth of furs or trade goods and prices were set somewhat haphazardly. What he did was assign several furs to a single Group and pay the same price for any fur from that Group.

This group of Trappers weren’t very happy with the situation so they got together and by comparing the amount each one was paid, they were able to figure out what the various prices were. They also decided that in order to “protect” their money that they received from the sale of the furs, they would store it in a “cache” located in the midst of the wilderness. Only they knew where the cache was located.

To find where their cache is located, you will have to figure out what prices Moe “Le Louche” paid for different furs. All of the information you need to figure out the prices is contained in the Journal entries for the various Trappers that traded with Moe “Le Louche”. The final coordinates are:

North 44 degrees AB.CDE minutes

West 93 degrees PQ.RST minutes

A word of caution: all of the Prices Paid may not be unique. In other words C and R might both be equal to 4. In addition, one of the prices may be 10. If so, make sure you carry the 1.

Journale of Moe “Le Louche”

"Stinky" Sublette: For 46 Pelts of Skunk, 23 Pelts of Muskrat, 21 Pelts of Coyote, 20 Pelts of Squirrel, 17 Pelts of Common Otter, 12 Pelts of Common Fisher, 10 Pelts of Beaver, 9 Pelts of Prime Otter, 9 Pelts of Prime Marten, 8 Pelts of Grizzled Fox, 7 Pelts of Badger, 6 Pelts of Rabbit, 6 Pelts of Large Bear, 6 Pelts of Middling Bear, 5 Pelts of Large Fisher, 4 Pelts of Wolverine, 4 Pelts of Cross Fox, 2 Pelts of Wolf, 2 Pelts of Mink, 2 Pelts of Deer, 2 Pelts of Raccoon, 1 Pelt of Moose, 1 Pelt of Red Fox, 1 Pelt of Castorum, “Stinky” Sublette has received a total of 959 Gold Coins

The "One-Eyed" Cook: For 31 Pelts of Castorum, 24 Pelts of Prime Otter, 21 Pelts of Badger, 20 Pelts of Common Fisher, 18 Pelts of Wolverine, 17 Pelts of Large Fisher, 17 Pelts of Mink, 16 Pelts of squirrel, 11 Pelts of Large Bear, 11 Pelts of Wolf, 6 Pelts of Red Fox, 5 Pelts of Deer, 5 Pelts of Moose, 5 Pelts of Lynx, 5 Pelts of Prime Marten, 4 Pelts of Muskrat, 3 Pelts of Common Marten, 2 Pelts of Grizzled Fox, 1 Pelt of Coyote, 1 Pelt of Common Otter, 1 Pelt of Rabbit, 1 Pelt of Skunk, 1 Pelt of Raccoon, 1 Pelt of Beaver, The “One-Eyed” Cook has received a total of 915 Gold Coins

"Curly" Bar…t: For 28 Pelts of Deer, 26 Pelts of Beaver, 17 Pelts of Prime Otter, 16 Pelts of Common Marten, 12 Pelts of Raccoon, 11 Pelts of Mink, 8 Pelts of Castorum, 8 Pelts of Large Fisher, 7 Pelts of Muskrat, 5 Pelts of Red Fox, 5 Pelts of Rabbit, 4 Pelts of squirrel, 3 Pelts of Cross Fox, 3 Pelts of Lynx, 3 Pelts of Wolf, 3 Pelts of Wolverine, 3 Pelts of Grizzled Fox, 2 Pelts of Moose, 2 Pelts of Skunk, 2 Pelts of Common Fisher, 2 Pelts of Middling Bear, 2 Pelts of Coyote, 1 Pelt of Large Bear, "Curly" Bar…t has received a total of 846 Gold Coins

"Iron Arms" Dan: For 50 Pelts of Beaver, 29 Pelts of Rabbit, 23 Pelts of Raccoon, 19 Pelts of Castorum, 17 Pelts of Coyote, 15 Pelts of squirrel, 13 Pelts of Muskrat, 11 Pelts of Skunk, 9 Pelts of Mink, 9 Pelts of Deer, 6 Pelts of Prime Marten, 5 Pelts of Cross Fox, 4 Pelts of Wolverine, 4 Pelts of Wolf, 4 Pelts of Large Fisher, 3 Pelts of Moose, 3 Pelts of Lynx, 3 Pelts of Red Fox, 2 Pelts of Middling Bear, 2 Pelts of Badger, 2 Pelts of Prime Otter, 2 Pelts of Common Otter, 1 Pelt of Common Fisher, “Iron Arms” Dan has received a total of 1131 Gold Coins

Captain McKenzie: For 24 Pelts of Common Otter, 23 Pelts of Rabbit, 18 Pelts of Coyote, 18 Pelts of Wolverine, 17 Pelts of Middling Bear, 16 Pelts of Cross Fox, 15 Pelts of Prime Marten, 14 Pelts of Castorum, 14 Pelts of Mink, 13 Pelts of Raccoon, 13 Pelts of Deer, 12 Pelts of Moose, 12 Pelts of Red Fox, 12 Pelts of Lynx, 11 Pelts of Beaver, 10 Pelts of squirrel, 8 Pelts of Wolf, 8 Pelts of Large Fisher, 4 Pelts of Common Fisher, 3 Pelts of Large Bear, 2 Pelts of Muskrat, 2 Pelts of Grizzled Fox, 1 Pelt of Common Marten, 1 Pelt of Badger, 1 Pelt of Skunk, Captain McKenzie has received a total of 1301 Gold Coins

"Slippery" Pepe: For 50 Pelts of Muskrat, 30 Pelts of Wolverine, 30 Pelts of Prime Marten, 25 Pelts of Common Otter, 20 Pelts of Beaver, 18 Pelts of Rabbit, 17 Pelts of Cross Fox, 17 Pelts of Skunk, 10 Pelts of Prime Otter, 9 Pelts of Red Fox, 9 Pelts of Common Marten, 7 Pelts of Common Fisher, 7 Pelts of Raccoon, 6 Pelts of Large Fisher, 5 Pelts of Middling Bear, 4 Pelts of Badger, 3 Pelts of Large Bear, 3 Pelts of Mink, 2 Pelts of Coyote, “Slippery” Pepe has received a total of 1413 Gold Coins

"Three-Fingers": For 41 Pelts of Wolf, 30 Pelts of Large Bear, 20 Pelts of Prime Marten, 23 Pelts of Cross Fox, 19 Pelts of Raccoon, 19 Pelts of Moose, 15 Pelts of Rabbit, 9 Pelts of Deer, 8 Pelts of Badger, 5 Pelts of Common Fisher, 4 Pelts of Middling Bear, 3 Pelts of Red Fox, 3 Pelts of Skunk, 3 Pelts of Large Fisher, 2 Pelts of Mink, 2 Pelts of Common Otter, 3 Pelts of Lynx, 1 Pelt of Wolverine, 1 Pelt of Prime Otter, 1 Pelt of Grizzled Fox, 1 Pelt of Common Marten, “Three-Fingers” has received a total of 821 Gold Coins

"The Yankee": For 31 Pelts of Beaver, 29 Pelts of Large Fisher, 22 Pelts of Prime Marten, 20 Pelts of Large Bear, 18 Pelts of Common Fisher, 17 Pelts of Mink, 15 Pelts of Muskrat, 13 Pelts of Badger, 12 Pelts of Grizzled Fox, 11 Pelts of Lynx, 9 Pelts of Wolf, 7 Pelts of Moose, 7 Pelts of Cross Fox, 7 Pelts of Rabbit, 6 Pelts of Middling Bear, 6 Pelts of Red Fox, 5 Pelts of Prime Otter, 5 Pelts of Raccoon, 5 Pelts of Wolverine, 3 Pelts of Skunk, 2 Pelts of Coyote, “The Yankee” has received a total of 1101 Gold Coins

Roi Borealis: For 53 Pelts of Cross Fox, 43 Pelts of Raccoon, 37 Pelts of Common Otter, 31 Pelts of Castorum, 23 Pelts of Badger, 19 Pelts of Red Fox, 13 Pelts of squirrel, 11 Pelts of Wolf, 3 Pelts of Grizzled Fox, 2 Pelts of Coyote, Roi Borealis has received a total of 977 Gold Coins

"Silent" Robertt: For 57 Pelts of Beaver, 36 Pelts of Common Otter, 22 Pelts of Large Bear, 18 Pelts of Common Marten, 17 Pelts of squirrel, 15 Pelts of Middling Bear, 15 Pelts of Prime Marten, 12 Pelts of Coyote, 12 Pelts of Prime Otter, 7 Pelts of Castorum, 6 Pelts of Mink, 6 Pelts of Deer, 5 Pelts of Rabbit, 4 Pelts of Badger, 3 Pelts of Common Fisher, 2 Pelts of Cross Fox, 2 Pelts of Red Fox, 2 Pelts of Wolf, 2 Pelts of Wolverine, 1 Pelt of Skunk, 1 Pelt of Muskrat, 1 Pelt of Moose, “Silent” Robertt has receive a total of 1355 Gold Coins

Cache contains an 1892 quarter for the FTF.

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