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Furs can be made into coats.
The wide variety of exotic fauna in the New World fascinated the citizenry of Europe, but none captured their hearts quite like the beaver. The pelts of this small, semi-aquatic mammal became a highly-valued commodity in French and English colonies. The water-resistant nature of the beaver's fur made it the perfect canvas for the haberdasher - the hat maker - to create clothing which could keep its wearer both fashionable and dry. Beaver skin hats remained popular in Europe until the 19th century.