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A trading post, trading station, or trading house, also known as a factory, was in past centuries an establishment for factors and merchants carrying on business in thinly inhabited and developed regions or countries. Manhattan was at first a trading post.
Local inhabitants can enter a trading post where they could exchange local products for goods they wished to acquire.
- In the context of Scouting, trading post usually refers to a camp store where snacks, craft materials and general merchandise are sold.
- A "trading post" can also be referred to as the place where securities listed on the New York Stock Exchange are traded (bought and sold).
- Trading post; Factory - Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, 1989