A trading post, trading station, or trading house, also known as a factory, was an establishment or settlement where goods and services could be traded.
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.
- Trading post; Factory - Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, 1989
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