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Fur, fortune, and empire :the epic history of the fur trade in America /Eric Jay Dolin.

Collection Type
Books
Originator
Dolin, Eric Jay.
Publication
New York : W.W. Norton & Co.
Contents
Pt. 1. Furs settle the New World -- "As fine a river as can be found" -- The precious beaver -- New Amsterdam rising -- "The Bible and the beaver" -- pt. 2. Clash of empires -- Competition, conflict, and chicanery -- "Many hounds are the hare's death" -- Adieu to the French -- Americans oust the British -- pt. 3. America heads West -- "A perfect golden round of profits" -- Up the Missouri -- Astoria -- Mountain men -- Taos trappers and Astor's empire -- Fall of the beaver -- The last robe -- Epilogue: End of an era.
Date
c2010.
Description
For all of fur's contentious position in American culture today, historian Eric Jay Dolin shows its centrality in our nation's ever-surprising history. He argues that the trade in animal skins turned colonial America into a tumultuous frontier where global powers battled for control. From the seventeenth century right on up to the Gilded Age, the developed world's appetite for fur made the new continent, with its wealth of fur-bearing wildlife, a seemingly inexhaustible resource. The result was a major boost in the evolution of the colonies into a powerful new player on the world stage. Dolin sheds insight on the ways the fur trade created international tensions--in New England, the Great Lakes, and in the expanding West. Fur traders were often the first white men to map major rivers, forests, and mountains, then soon pushed Native Americans off their lands as John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company attempted to monopolize the West.--From publisher description.
xvii, 442 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. [409]-411) and index.
c. 1: Hardback. c. 2: Paperback.
ISBN
0393067106
0393340023 (pbk.)
9780393067101
9780393340020 (pbk.)
GUSN
256323
Call Number
Coll. E46.D65 2010 c. 2
Stacks E46.D65 2010 c. 1
Descriptive terms
Colonies
Discovery and exploration European.
Economic conditions.
Ethnic relations.
Europeans History.
Exploration.
Frontier and pioneer life
Fur trade History.
History.
Imperialism History.
Places
Europe
North America
North America.
West (U.S.)

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