In the book My Brother Sam Is Dead. why are Tim and his father traveling to Verplancks Point?

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Verplancks Point is on the Hudson River.  Boats from New York and Albany would travel up the Hudson to do some trading.  Tim's father would start gathering cattle in October.  Some of the farmers paid him in cattle, and some cattle he bought because he knew that he would be able to sell them at a profit.  He would travel to Verplancks Point to sell his cattle and use the money he made to buy supplies for the store and the tavern.  The traders brought things like pots and pans, needles and thread, and other goods that his customers needed.  The traders would sell these and take the cattle back to New York where there was a need for beef.