Trading post

A trading post, trading station, or trading house, also known as a factory, is an establishment or settlement where goods and services could be traded.

A factory at Bathurst (Gambia) around 1900
A recreation of a typical trading post for trade with the Plains Indians

Typically the location of the trading post would allow people from one geographic area to trade in goods produced in another area. In some examples, local inhabitants could use a trading post to exchange local products for goods they wished to acquire.[1]


Major towns in the Hanseatic League were known as kontors, a form of trading posts.[2]

Charax Spasinu was a trading post between the Roman and Parthian Empires.[3]

Manhattan and Singapore were both established as trading posts, by Dutchman Peter Minuit and Englishman Stamford Raffles respectively, and later developed into major settlements.[4][5]

Other uses

  • In the context of scouting, trading post usually refers to a camp store in which snacks, craft materials, and general merchandise are sold.[6] "Trading posts" also refers to a cub scout actitivty in which cub teams (or individuals) undertake challenge activities in exchange for points.[7]
  • A "trading post" also once referred to a trading booth within the New York Stock Exchange.[8]

See also


  1. Trading post; Factory - Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, 1989
  2. BBC News
  3. Metropolitan Museum of Art,
  4. Matt Soniak (October 2, 2012). "Was Manhattan Really Bought for $24?". Mental Floss. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  5. Mun Cheong Yong; V. V. Bhanoji Rao (1995). Singapore-India Relations: A Primer. NUS Press. p. 3. ISBN 978-9971-69-195-0.
  6. Norfolk Scout Shop, accessed 10 February 2022
  7. Online Scout Manager, Trading Post - Cubs, accessed 10 February 2022
  8. New York Institute of Finance, Trading post, accessed 10 February 2022
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