Trade Beads Glass Snake Bead Strands
Four Strands of Glass Snake Trade BeadsSOLD This Lot of four Strands of Glass Snake Trade Beads are strung on natural fibers. The red strands measure 20" and 24". The light blue strand is 20" and the dark blue is 24". These glass beads are called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. The strands can be worn as is or in your own bead creations.
History of Trade BeadsFrom the 15th to the 20th century, traders carried European glass beads across the world. The beads were highly desired by Native Americans, as glass was then an unknown substance in North American. European glass beads, mostly from Venice, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans and corporations such as the Hudson Bay Trading Company developed lucrative bead-trading markets with them. The Hudson Bay Trading Company was an organized group of explorers who operated during the 19th century. They ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions.
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