Why does Napoleon decide to engage in trade with neighboring farms?

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This is a good question. The whole story is about manipulation and gaining power and keeping it. 

At the start of the book, the revolution sounds like a great idea to bring about freedom from an unjust situation. However, as the story progresses, it becomes clearer that those in charge are sincere. For example, the pigs steal the milk and apples, and they justify it with fear tactics - "You don't want Mr. Jones to come back, right?" Later on, they make seven commandments, which should govern all animals, but the pigs change the commandments when it serves them. The worst situation is when the pigs use Boxer, and when he cannot work, they sell him to knackers to be made into glue. 

The point is that Napoleon does whatever it takes to gain power, wealth, and prestige. So, if he could trade with other farms, why not? He does not really care about the other animals. This is why at the end of the novel, he turns into a man. 

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