TENNESSEE FREE TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION
The Free Trappers were not owned by a fur company. Trappers working for the large companies of the day were furnished with all of the necessities of life but were often paid very poorly for their furs. On the other hand, free trappers desired independence from these companies. As a result, they had to furnish their own rifles, shot, clothing and other basic needs for survival, but they received higher prices for their furs. They had more control over the price they got for their furs.
Click on the following links to read more about the history of the Fur Companies and the Free Trappers.
HISTORY MOUNTAIN MEN & FUR TRADE
END OF THE OREGON TRAIL
FUR TRAPPERS AND TRADERS (National Park Service-Whitman Mission)