posted on Apr, 30 2008 @ 09:54 PM
reply to post by worldwatcher
..anyone knows what American Indians and Europeans used for currency before money?
I don't know about the American Indians, I think they used entirely barter for there trading. There's a Cree saying going something like "money
can't be eaten"... so what are they worth? That said they probably did use precious stones and excotic sea shells in their barter.
I know about Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic area that before metalurgy flintstones was used for trading. Later when vikings ventured deep
inland in Russia salt was an object of barter, and when the vain Romans came around amber was the currency of the North.
Al of the time salted dried herring might have been the main trade object. In ancient times accounts tell when the migration of herrings from the
Baltic through the narrow Danish straits took place in early spring they where so abundant that you could literally walk on the water.
Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but that they were harvested simply by going out in small boats and shovel herrings out of the water is true.
That's what build the wealth of Denmark.
Well, this rant more about barter than about currency maybe, but that the dolphin teeth of the Solomons can only raise in value as the species gets
closer to extinction is a sad fact of this story.
Oh yeah, not to forget; the slavetrade of Africans to the Americas was done in conch shells harvested in the Mississippi delta. I have that from Bruce
Chatwin's The Viceroy of Quidah, and I believe it to be true.