"Runners of the woods" was an French-Canadian who traveled in New France and the interior of North. Early fur trade era this meant circumventing the normal channels by going deeper into the wilderness to trade. Later it involved trading without permission from the French authorities. They ventured into hostile Iroquois territory to trade various European items for furs, especially beaver pelts, and learned the trades and practices of the Native people who inhabited there.

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Civil War - Confederate Soldier

World War One by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives,

The Vikings feared, yet admired bears, for their sheer power, courage, and the fact that they are the only wild creatures of the north, that are not scared of man! That's why the elite warriors, the Berserkers, evoked their "bear spirit" by using hallucinogenic drugs. Though they hunted bears for their furs, young orphaned cubs were often raised as "pets".

Coureur de bois, french woods runners. Fur traders.

Jim Baker, Mountain Man. Definition of Tough Guy. My husband better be something like this guy! ~Bailee

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The fur Traders (coureur des bois) with Natives. A coureur des bois or coureur de bois (French pronunciation: ​[kuʁœʁ də bwa]), runners of the woods; plural: coureurs de bois) was an independent entrepreneurial French-Canadian woodsman who traveled in New France and interior of North America. They ventured into the woods usually to trade various European items for furs, especially beaver pelts, and along the way, learned the trades and practices of the Native people who inhabited there.

Treetop advantage - Doug Hall

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Canadian Fur Trade Post

"Checking the Traps" -Fur Trade Era Paintings by John Phelps

fur traders and mountain men | ... fur traders, Members of the Provisional Government of Oregon, Mountain

Standing Rules of Rogers’ Rangers #20: Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it, jump out and finish him with your hatchet.

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An Old Trapper. Hunters and fur trappers were the first white people to settle on the frontier. They sold the fur from animals that they hunted and trapped animals such as beaver and raccoons. A famous hunter and fur trapper from North Carolina who helped blaze a trail through the Cumberland Gap into the frontier of what is now known as Kentucky : Daniel Boone

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Making Smoke: Building Trade and Trust By John Buxton

French and Indian War

Top Left to Bottom right; Abenaki warrior,Canadian militia,Cadet Compagnie Francs De La Marine ,Grenadier 45th Foot , Sergeant 22nd (Inniskilling) Foot Mohawk warrior