Market in everything

;) MR

During a class this morning, I came across a surprising mention in a 1626 list of commodities exported from New Amsterdam (Manhatten to be precise) to the old one. Along side the usual 7246 beaver furs and a host of other stuff were “34 ratte vellehiks” (rat furs).

Not only is it quite disgusting to imagine some elegant woman of 17th century Amsterdam wearing a rat hat or carrying a rat purse, but one ought to wonder: weren’t there any rats in the Netherlands during the Golden Age or were rat production costs too high?

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