It was indeed huge.
Partly it was driven by the crash in beaver furs -- which happened in the New World as it did in the 16th century in Europe, due to over-hunting. So something had to come to take the place of beaver to signify rank and fashion,
|Cocked hats were buckskin -- if I'd thought of them at all as to materials I would have assumed wool ....|
Do I need to say that by 1750 the deer trade also collapsed to the regional scarcity of the animal by then?