What can I say in a debate to argue that New France should have kept the fur trade?I have to do a debate with my class and i need to support the fur trade and why it should be kept. ( i have to...

What can I say in a debate to argue that New France should have kept the fur trade?

I have to do a debate with my class and i need to support the fur trade and why it should be kept. ( i have to pretend im a merchant )

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What I would say in such a debate is that the fur trade is necessary to compete with the British in North America.

I would start by pointing out that New France has many fewer white settlers than the British colonies to the South do.  I would then argue two things.  First, I would say that with fewer colonists we cannot possibly keep up economically without the fur trade.  We can't compete in farming and making things so we have to rely on furs.  Second, I would point out that the fur trade can be used to keep the Indians on our side.  The British are making "their" Indians mad by constantly pushing into Indian lands.  We keep "our" Indians happy by trading with them.  We can perhaps use Indians to help keep the British from overwhelming us with their superior numbers.  The Indians can help to keep British settlers from coming into our territory.

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