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

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-256323

Description

xvii, 442 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm., 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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Fur trade History.
Frontier and pioneer life
Europeans History.
Imperialism History.
Colonies
History.
Ethnic relations.
Discovery and exploration European.
Economic conditions.
Exploration.

Originator

Dolin, Eric Jay.

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.

Publication

New York : W.W. Norton & Co.

Description

xvii, 442 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [409]-411) and index.
c. 1: Hardback. c. 2: Paperback.

ISBN

9780393067101
0393067106
9780393340020 (pbk.)
0393340023 (pbk.)

Call Number

Stacks E46.D65 2010 c. 1
Coll. E46.D65 2010 c. 2

Places

North America
West (U.S.)
North America.
Europe