Trade Beads French White Cross
Trade Beads French White CrossThese oval French White Cross Glass Trade Beads come strung on natural fiber. You will see that the are not uniform but all have red & blue cross designs on them. There are 70 Beads on this 30" long strand.
From the 15th to the 20th century, traders carried European glass beads across the world. Native Americans highly desired glass beads as glass was then an unknown substance in North American. European glass beads, mostly from Venice, some from Holland and, later, from Poland and Czechoslovakia, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans. Corporations such as the Hudson Bay Trading Company developed lucrative bead-trading markets with them.
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